Recommendations

  • Erica Crump has a particularly pragmatic yet rigorous approach and makes the client feel like an essential part of the team

    Legal 500 2020

  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer and a Next Generation Partner

    Legal 500 2020

  • Next generation lawyer

    Legal 500 2017

  • Erica is 'first-rate'

    Legal 500 2017

  • A 'top-class' senior associate who is 'an astute negotiator who grasps significant issues quickly and gives clear and concise advice'

    Legal 500 2016

  • Nominated as a super lawyer 2015.

    Super Lawyers Magazine

  • “Very helpful and did whatever [she] could to support me. Good advice and practical.”

    Client feedback, 2016

Experience

I work with charities and social and creative businesses, and lead our Culture + Creative work. A lot of my work is commercial and regulatory, often taking on a general counsel role for the clients I work with.

I have a particular interest in IP and intangible assets, and how clients can use those to do good and generate income. I am a trustee of Unitas and Stone Nest, two charities using education, culture and the arts to make a positive contribution to our society.

Recent projects

  • General Counsel for Science Museum

    In 2018 I had the privilege to spend four months as acting Head of Legal at Science Museum Group and supported the fantastic team at SMG in their work across several UK sites, and international touring and commercial work. It was a unique opportunity to support the charitable and commercial work of this much loved institution.

  • For several years I have enjoyed working with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation

    I have worked on its amazing partnerships and work across 144 countries, delivering its youth focused award. This is transactional, governance, charity focused and licensing work – recognising this unique charity’s role as co-ordinator in respect of diverse global charitable work.

  • Public sector culture advice

    I work with a range of galleries, music charities and performance venues which are part of, or have a link to, local or central government. This work typically includes governance, regulation, funding and collaboration.

  • I provide general counsel advice to the legal team of a large charity on contracts, governance and international legal structures and partnerships.
  • I advised a charity on its role in, and delivery for, a consortium receiving substantial Government endowment funding.
  • I negotiate publishing or music deals where profits and royalties are paid to charity.
  • I have advised on options for public sector delivery of educational or cultural services (including “spin out” options).
  • I have assisted with the sales and transfers of intangible assets and wider business assets, often from or to charities or for a social purpose.
  • I offer regulatory advice to charities, particularly those working in culture and education.
  • I work with clients to put in place charitable or hybrid structures for UK and international work.

Qualifications and career

  • Bristol University, English Literature, 2002
  • Osaka, Japan English and Foreign Affairs teaching, 2004 - 2006
  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2006
  • Trained at Bates Wells, 2006 - 2008
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2008
  • Became an associate in 2011
  • Partner in 2017

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee of Stone Nest
  • Trustee of Unitas