About us

Since 2006 Legal Support Network (LSN) has been building a community for people in law firm management throughout the UK.

LSN brings the legal business services community together online through our website, our events, publications and social media channels. To support our online activities, LSN hosts a number of networking events annually across the UK, which provide the community a tangible platform to meet, establish and collaborate with peers. LSN also produces Briefing, a monthly digital magazine aimed at delivering thought-leadership content to the community and Legal Practice Management magazine, the only magazine for law firm managers. In 2011, LSN introduced a conference arm to the business with a view to delivering delegate conferences, seminars and workshops, these are: Briefing Operational Leaders In Legal conference, Briefing Business Transformation conference and the Legal Practice Management conference.

Who works in a firm like this?

Directors

David Sparkes
Founder/managing director

David Sparkes has worked in the legal industry since 1992. He started out at Thomas Eggar Verrall Bowles, later moving to HCL Hanne & Co. In 1997 he joined Adept Recruitment, a legal recruitment consultancy.

In 2006 he set up legalsupportnetwork. The rest, as they say, is history...

David's icebreakers:
Golf, cycling, Chile and triathlon

Contact David:
0870 112 5058
07958 655 288
davids@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/david-sparkes

Sarah Cox
Client services director

Sarah Cox spent six years working for TFB (now TikitTFB), eventually managing the company's marketing department. Sarah joined LSN in 2009. She's responsible for keeping all LSN's clients happy and making sure everything client-related runs like clockwork.

Sarah's icebreakers:
Exploring the sights of London, running and horoscopes. Trainee domestic goddess.

Contact Sarah:
0870 112 5058
sarahc@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/sarah-cox

Rupert Collins-White
Head of content and community

Rupert Collins-White has been in legal publishing since 2005. He spent nearly five years at the Law Society Gazette, rising to features and commissioning editor, and de facto head of web. Rupert trained post-grad in journalism and has worked for IT Week, PC Advisor and SC Magazine, among others.

Rupert's icebreakers:
Can tend a small vineyard, if required. And I studied Star Trek at university. No, really, I did.

Contact Rupert:
0870 112 5058
07824 645 406
rupertw@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/rupert-white

 

Content and production

Richard Brent
Editor, Briefing magazine

Richard has had a varied career in business journalism and publishing, with particular experience covering the legal sector. He was the editor of Managing Partner magazine for top 100 law firms from 2006 to 2010 - but has also written for organisations as diverse as the Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Administrative Management and the National Pharmacy Association.

Richard's icebreakers:
Has been found moonlighting on stage, but is now more often found watching from the cheap seats.

Contact Richard:
0870 112 5058
07824 645 406
richardb@briefing.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/richard-brent

Patrick Wingrove
Deputy editor, LPM magazine

Patrick studied modern history at King’s College London, and afterwards snuck into publishing by hiding in the offices of the Illustrated London News. He joined the amazing team at LSN in 2016 and is loving the fascinating world of legal.

Patrick's icebreakers:
Scuba diving, film, travel, and Portugal

Contact Patrick:
0870 112 5058
patrickw@lpmmag.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/patrick-wingrove

Kayli Olson
Editorial assistant – Briefng and LPM

A recent Film Studies and Journalism graduate from Kingston University, she hails from the rocky mountains of Colorado to join the LSN team on Briefing and LPM magazines. On her breaks you can find her studying Japanese or reading science articles. 

Kayli's icebreakers:
Science fiction, horror, and B movies or anything related to Asia

Contact Kayli:
0870 112 5058
kaylio@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/kayli-olson

Declan Spinks
Digital marketing and content executive

Declan is an English graduate with more than three years experience in digital marketing. He started working at Burlington Media in October 2016 and has a wide reaching role that covers website management, social media, email marketing and SEO across all three of the brands covered under Burlington Media Group

Declan’s icebreakers:
Music, travel, cycling, science, exploring London and beer! 

Contact Declan:
0870 112 5058
declans@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/declan-spinks

 

Client services

 

 

 

 

Duncan McKenzie
Client services team leader – Briefing and LPM

Duncan started his career in IT back in 96’ spending 10 years working for “well known” computer brands. Needing a change, he entered the media arena in 2006, spending 4 years at Yell before moving into B2B publishing within the automotive and then maritime industries. He entered the legal sector in 2015 with Wilmington PLC and then heard his calling and started at LSN in October 2016.

Duncan’s icebreakers:
Country hikes, cycling, tennis. He is alos a connoisseur of good Whiskey and a budding Thai chef.

Contact Duncan:
07818 116 320 
duncanm@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/duncan-mckenzie

 
Tom Dean
Corporate partnerships manager – Legal Support Network 

Tom entered the world of publishing in 2008 and worked at a variety of roles with a graduate recruitment publisher, before joining LSN in 2015. Tom looks after all recruitment related clients and when not in LSN HQ, you’ll more than likely find him walking, running or cycling through Richmond Park.

Tom’s icebreakers:
Sports of most varieties – in particular rugby, cricket and fives (you may have to look that one up!). And I’m partial to a nip of whisky. 
 
Contact Tom:
0870 112 5058
07766 600 727

Holly McDaid
Client services manager – Briefing

Holly studied media arts at Royal Holloway, University of London and upon graduating, set herself the mission to see as much of the world as possible (just don’t ask her about Morocco!). Now as part of the LSN team she really feels that she has found her calling! Claim to fame – her parents were on an episode of Homes Under the Hammer.

Holly’s icebreakers:
Cats, Las Vegas, handbags and baking.

Contact Holly:
0870 112 5058
hollym@briefing.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/holly-mcdaid

 

 

 

 

Emily Nash
Client services manager – LPM

Emily Nash comes from a BD background in music education. Having been responsible for development in both her own business and a large music education exam board, it is now her position to manage all things LPM – conferences, the magazine and its supplements – as well as ensuring all LPM clients are happy and well looked after. Emily is also a semi-professional musician and her claim to fame is that her previous landlady was a well-known regular pro dancer on Strictly!

Emily’s icebreakers:
Acoustic nights, travelling and quirky city adventures. 

Contact Emily:
0870 112 5058
emilyn@lpmmag.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/emily-nash

 
James Raven
Client services executive – Briefing
Having graduated in History from Royal Holloway University of London, James set about furthering his experience in Sales and marketing. Following a brief stint in recruitment he found a home with LSN. Always a keen talker, just don’t mention the gym or American Football around James unless you have a few hours to spare!
 
James’s icebreakers:
Sports (especially American Football), bodybuilding, travel, culture and science fiction.
 
Contact James:
0870 112 5058
 

Ellen Togher
Client services assistant – Legal Support Network

Ellen achieved a degree in film studies at Kingston University. Upon graduating she worked in retail sales for a short while before joining the LSN team in April 2016.

Ellen’s icebreakers:
Rugby, films, cooking and surfing.

Contact Ellen:
0870 112 5058
ellent@lsn.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/ellen-tougher

 

Events

Samantha Irvine
Head of events – Briefing and LPM

Sam has over 15 years’ experience in the research and production of successful B2B events and has worked in the legal industry since 2004. She joined LSN in 2010 and now heads up Briefing and Legal Practice Management events.

Samantha’s icebreakers:
Holidays, good food/wine; and my kids!

Contact Samantha:
0870 112 5058
0790 550 534
sami@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/samirvine

Jacqui Dabell
Conference producer – Briefing

Jacqui studied law at BPP, Linguistics at UCL, and Eng Lit at Birmingham University until finally deciding to opt out of student-hood. She then spent 6 years as head of events, PR and marketing at the Expert Witness Institute which is her most recent employment before joining LSN in April 2016 as Briefing’s conference producer. Jacqui has also worked in the music industry, as a chef and stints as an opera singer. 

Jacqui’s icebreakers:
Cooking, music, travel, opera, dance, film.

Contact Jacqui:
0870 112 5058
jacquid@burlingtonmedia.co.uk
uk.linkedin.com/in/jacqui-dabell

Polina Sengupta
Conference executive – Briefing and LPM

Polina studied Law with International Relations at Exeter University and following a stint as a Gamesmaker at the London Olympics fell into the world of events.

Polina’s icebreakers:
Russia, India, anything food related & don’t even get her started on dogs.

Contact Polina:
0870 112 5058
polinas@burlingtonmedia.co.uk 
uk.linkedin.com/in/polina-sengupta

 
Alex Royer
Events coordinator – Legal Support Network

Alex studied drama and theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. While studying, Alex started her five year retail journey, which came to an end in 2015 when Alex realised she needed a challenge. Now she is taking the UK by storm and managing the LSN networking events – a challenge accomplished!

Alex’s icebreakers:
Animals (especially cats), dance and anything film related-expect random outbursts of phrases from movies or songs.
 
Contact Alex:
0870 112 5058
 

Accounts

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tina Jameson 
​Bookkeeper

Tina (aka Evil Accounts Lady) has been working as a bookkeeper for the past 8 years, but has a background in HR and hotels, the latter of which can bring a plethora of ‘interesting’ celeb/guest stories.  .

Tina icebreakers:
Tina enjoys travelling, watching sport (especially football and rugby) and pubs.

Contact Tina:
0870 112 5058

 

Other

Mike Simpkins
​Designer

Whilst Mike is not a direct employee of LSN we still consider him part of the team. Mike has been integrally involved in the design and creation of the LSN brand from day one. We are always keen to acknowledge his creative input and amazing efforts into the LSN brand and all our media information. Basically, he's in this list because we love him. We love ya, Mike.

To find out more about Mike's work, get in touch: mike@simpkinsdesign.co.uk

Here's what Mike had to say...
It's not hard to see why Dave and the team are so successful at what they do. Complete dedication and an infectious enthusiasm for providing an unrivaled level of service.

Mike's icebreaker:
Stronger in the arts department. Enjoy tickling the occasional guitar string.