Crabtree, an international insurance coverage disputes specialist, resigned in January and an internal announcement was made to staff at Pinsents earlier this month.
It is understood that Crabtree has a 12-month notice period and is currently negotiating the terms of his departure with senior management at the firm. Taylor Wessing is understood to be keen to bring forward Crabtree’s start date.
The departure will be a significant loss for Pinsents, as Crabtree is widely recognised as a star lawyer within the insurance and reinsurance sector. Last year he led his team in a major US dispute that arose between Konkola Copper Mines and Coromin.
Prior to joining Pinsent Curtis in 2000, Crabtree was a partner at Stephenson Harwood.
A spokesperson for Pinsents confirmed Crabtree’s resignation. The spokesperson said no other members of the insurance team had resigned to join Crabtree at Taylor Wessing.
“Pinsent Masons can confirm that James has expressed a desire to join Taylor Wessing. We’re in discussion with him about this move. These discussions are at a very early stage,” said the spokesperson.
James Crabtree and Taylor Wessing declined to comment.