James Crabtree


I have many years of experience handling international insurance and reinsurance industry disputes.

+44 (0) 20 7556 4363

James Crabtree advises on insurance and reinsurance claims, coverage disputes and contractual issues, often with an international dimension. His practice focuses on complex disputes concerning a diverse range of risk sectors, including marine and energy, political and trade credit risks, D&O, E&O, banks and other financial institutions, property damage and business interruption (including mining risks) and pharmaceutical risks (including product liability and product recall). James also advises on disputes in respect of global insurance programmes and captive insurance.

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An "outstanding" lawyer (The Legal 500 UK, 2017) who "provides legal solutions which are both effective and commercial" (Chambers & Partners UK, 2017) – UK legal directories

  • Inns of Court School of Law, London
    Barrister-at-law, 1984

  • University of Reading
    LLB, with honours, 1983

Admissions & Credentials

England & Wales


  • International Bar Association

  • The London Court of International Arbitration

Rankings & Accolades

    Legal 500 UK

    Chambers & Partners UK (2015-2018)

    Who's Who Regions Legal

    Euromoney's Legal Media Group's Expert Guide for Insurance and Reinsurance (2015)

    Who's Who Legal Insurance & Reinsurance: Lawyers (2017)

    Finance Monthly’s Fintech Award: UK Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year (2017)


+44 (0) 20 7556 4363 office

69 Old Broad Street
London, UK EC2M 1QS