James is an established expert in the insurance and reinsurance field, well known for both detailed legal and strategic advice and for effective problem solving. He has advised numerous major participants in the worldwide insurance and reinsurance markets on insurance and reinsurance claims, coverage questions and disputes, and on the contractual terms and conditions of many varieties of insurance and reinsurance cover. He has also advised corporate buyers of insurance on contract terms and conditions and handled claims and coverage disputes.
Over the years, his work has entailed dealing with major international market loss events and situations, such as Piper Alpha, Phillips Petroleum, the 2011 Japanese tsunami, the 2011 New Zealand earthquakes and the stream of exposures resulting from asbestos-related diseases and environmental pollution.
His work covers both property and liability coverage and he has dealt with complex insurance situations and exposures arising from significant, widely reported events affecting the financial markets, such as the collapse of Barings Bank, the collapse of WorldCom, film finance transactions, the buyback of stock option grants and the Argentine economic crisis of 2002.
He advises on the management of insurance and reinsurance portfolios in runoff and has recently advised on contingency planning in preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union.
He also handles contractual disputes in other areas of commerce and has managed substantial High Court litigation, appeal proceedings, arbitration processes and various ADR procedures.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Recognised by the Legal 500 2018 for International Arbitration and Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation
James Crabtree is "strategic and business orientated"
Legal 500 2018
James Crabtree is “technically very strong with good attention to detail”.
Chambers and Partners UK Directory 2018
James Crabtree is described as an “outstanding” and “highly experienced and solution-oriented” lawyer.
Legal 500 UK 2017
James Crabtree “receives high praise from clients, who consider him an extremely savvy and well-versed lawyer, familiar with the intricacies of the field.” Other similarly impressed sources describe him as a “very deliberating lawyer, who is calm under pressure” and “provides legal solutions which are both effective and commercial.”
Chambers and Partners UK Directory 2017
Received Finance Monthly’s Fintech Award for 2017 UK Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year.
Listed in Who’s Who Legal, Insurance & Reinsurance, 2018 and in Expert Guides 2018.
|2018||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2015 - 2018||Cooley LLP | Partner|
|2014 - 2015||Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP | Partner|
|2006 - 2014||Taylor Wessing LLP | Partner|
|2000 - 2006||Pinsent Masons | Partner|
|1989 - 2000||Stephenson Harwood | Associate then Partner|
|1986 - 1989||Holman Fenwick & Willan | Barrister then Assistant Solicitor|
|1988||Qualified as a Solicitor|
|1984||Qualified as a Barrister|