Business Recovery


I started my career in insolvency in 2007 and subsequently qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Joint Insolvency Examinations Board. My work now involves a mixture of formal insolvency appointments and advisory assignments.

I am a Partner in Menzies Cardiff office, and I lead the firm’s contentious insolvency team, which involves both investigatory work and undertaking litigation for the benefit of the insolvent estate. This requires both an understanding of the law and a commercial approach to seek out the best result for creditors and other stakeholders.

As a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA), I sit on the IPA’s examinations sub-committee, as well as its anti-money laundering committee which assists the IPA in its role as a regulator. I have previously been involved in developing best practice guidance for the insolvency profession.

I am co-author of Insolvency Practitioners Appointment, Duties, Powers and Liability published by Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Email: rlai@menzies.co.uk


Alternative career choice
Academic research (if only I had worked a little harder at university…)

My first job
A sales assistant at Thorntons – and no, I didn’t get to eat all the chocolates!