Partner

Experience

Erica 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).

Examples of work

  • Advice to a range of cultural and creative organisations, including cultural institutions, theatres, performance companies, galleries, museums, studios, libraries, dance companies, literary and academic prizes, music organisations, music education hubs, and educational charities/social enterprises.
  • Advising international charities on their global relationships and legal structures, including licensing and collaboration.
  • Intellectual property advice to charities and social enterprises, including the production of copyright and IP guides, creating model documents and the sharing and protection of IP assets.
  • Working with an award-winning gallery on the re-organisation of its group structure.
  • Working with an internationally acclaimed dance company on its group re-organisation, regulation and IP assets.
  • Providing advice to many music education hubs/music services over the past six years on a range of issues, including transfer out of the local authority and establishment as independent entities.
  • Working with Explore library service in York on the externalisation of its libraries and services from York City Council.

Qualifications and career

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

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • 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