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Erica Crump

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Erica is a Partner and has been with BWB since 2006. Her clients include cultural and creative organisations, charities, social enterprises and commercial businesses. She advises in a range of areas including contracts, legal structures, establishment and registration, Charity Commission regulation, governance, commercial ventures, partnerships and collaborations, production and creative work/assets, and intellectual property (with a particular focus on copyright).


  • Trained at Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2006 - 2008
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2008
  • Became an associate in 2011
  • Became a partner in 2017


  • Trustee of Stone Nest
  • Trustee of Unitas
  • Former trustee of DONATE the National Funding Scheme for the Arts, Situations Trust, the Otesha Project UK and Urban Culture Project CIC


  • Bristol University, English Literature, 2002
  • Spent two years living in Osaka (Japan) working as an English and Foreign Affairs teacher
  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2006

London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Offering an 'excellent level of service' Bates Wells Braithwaite combines public law specialists with those with regulatory, procurement, state aid, employment and property expertise. Led by the highly respected Melanie Carter the local government audit team is retained by the National Audit Office advising on areas such as local authority financing issue. The team was appointed by Canterbury City Council on the spin out of the Marlowe Theatre to a charity, the Marlowe Trust. It is also advising Wirral Borough Council on the potential spin out of its leisure and cultural services.  Abbie Rumbold heads the public services and Mutuals function and Erica Crump and senior associate Augustus Della-Porta  are noted names.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Next generation lawyers

Erica Crump (Theatre; film and TV) - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bates Wells Braithwaite‚Äôs expertise spans the arts, theatre, advertising, film and TV. The team advises the British Film Institute (BFI) on a range of issues including real estate, governance, fundraising, data protection, valuation and audience development; other clients include Arts Council England, which it advises on data protection matters; English National Opera, which it advises on employment matters and recently advised on a commercial property acquisition and gift aid project; and The Space CIC, a joint venture between the BBC and Arts Council England, which it advises on review, restructuring, and real estate matters. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Science Museum Group, Royal Albert Hall and Booker Prize Foundation are also clients.¬†Head of advertising and marketing Rupert Earle¬†is ‚Äėhighly experienced in advertising law and regulation‚Äô and is ‚Äėknowledgeable, calm, careful, thorough, and displays good judgement‚Äô. Erica Crump¬†co-heads the culture and creative team with associates Molly Waiting, who is an ‚Äėabsolute star‚Äô, and Tom Pratt. Lawrence Simanowitz¬†is noted for his media and arts expertise.

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