Rick Crabb practiced as a solicitor from 1980 to 2004 and was a founder of boutique law firm Blakiston & Crabb in 1992. He left the partnership before it was merged into national player Gilbert+Tobin. As a lawyer time he specialised in mining, corporate and commercial law. He has provided legal counsel in relation to finance, marketing, government agreements and construction contracts for numerous resource development projects throughout Australia and Africa. Mr Crabb now focuses on his public company directorships and investments.