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Erica Crump

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Bates Wells

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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: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Next Generation Partners

Erica Crump - Bates Wells

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells has a large and dedicated charities practice that handles the full array of matters. The first-class team has recently been advising on various safeguarding matters as well as on some of the most complex and high-profile matters for household name organisations. The department also continues to advise many important charities on highly confidential pre-investigation compliance cases as well as investigations by the Charity Commission. The well-regarded Philip Kirkpatrick heads the charities and social enterprises department which includes: Rosamund McCarthy, who has a high profile in the charity sector acting for top 100 charities on governance and complex regulatory matters; Lawrence Simanowitz, who has a strong presence in the environment sector; newly-promoted senior partner Stephanie Biden, who is 'thorough, hardworking and efficient'; Thea Longley, who covers start-ups, constitutional advice (including restructuring), and governance reviews; Abbie Rumbold, who specialises in establishing charities created as spin-outs from the public sector; 'bright and astute' Laura Soley, who leads the firm’s expert trusts and legacies group; Erica Crump, who leads the culture and creative cross-departmental team; senior associate Pippa Garland; and associate Lucy Rhodes. Louise Haran, Victoria Schneider and Mathew Healey were all promoted to the partnership.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Next Generation Partners

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

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bates Wells has 'strength-in-depth and commercial nous combined with the highest standards of legal and technical know-how'. The team is noted for its 'extensive' advertising and marketing expertise, where Rupert Earle is regularly instructed by the Advertising Standards Authority, as well as the Committee of Advertising Practice, the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice and the Direct Marketing Association. The team is also experienced in challenging regulators and defending regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Data protection, IP, privacy and freedom of information work are also notable strengths of the team. Elsewhere, the firm is also home to a dedicated culture and creative team, where Erica Crump is recommended. Here, the team is instructed by number of cultural and arts organisations on commercial, contracts, IP, charity and governance matters.

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