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 in PDF format. In 2011, LSN introduced a conference arm to the business, with a view to delivering delegate conferences, seminars and workshops.
Who works in a firm like this?
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...
Golf, cycling, Chile and triathlon
Head of client services
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, managing networking events and making sure everything client-related runs like clockwork.
Exploring the sights of London, running and horoscopes. Trainee domestic goddess.
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.
Can tend a small vineyard, if required. And I studied Star Trek at university. No, really, I did.
Head of events
Sam Irvine has over 10 years' experience in research and production of successful, commercial B2B events, and spent six years as senior conference producer and content manager at Ark Group. Sam is responsible for LSN's conferences and delegate events, including the new Operational Leaders in Legal and Legal Practice Management strands.
London’s restaurants; studying maps; unique wildlife holidays.
Billie-Jo Johnson Roberts
Billie-Jo has several years’ experience within the conference and event industry, running and producing commercial conferences and events within the legal sector as well as other industries, Billie-Jo is responsible for LSN's conference research, development and production as well as ensuring the smooth running on the day for our main conferences Operational Leaders in Legal and Legal Practice Management.
Running, Theatre and a glass of vino or two!
020 8322 7794
Head of corporate partnerships
James Callard has over 10 years’ experience in recruitment marketing. He's worked for boutique recruitment business Witan Jardine and, more recently, Ambition. James is responsible for the recruitment arm of LSN - building partnerships with law firms and other legal service providers, recruitment consultancies and suppliers to the legal market to support their hiring strategies.
I love triathlon, golf, cricket, football… basically most sports and, of course, rhubarb.
Client services manager
Stella joined Legal Support Network in January 2012 and is trying to fill the big shoes that belong to the lovely Sarah while she's on maternity leave. With over six years experience in the legal market, more recently with DocsCorp Australia as a global account manager, Stella is more than capable of looking after all our networkpartners and making sure things like networking events continue to run like clockwork.
Travelling and impersonating David Sparkes saying the Greek alphabet!
Phoebe is a recent postgraduate in Business Management having previously studied Media Communications. She worked as a media assistant for BAA during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Now she assists the LSN team with database management, event organisation, research, administration and anything else that needs to be done.
She once won a gold medal for ballet and jazz dance which means she can throw a few good shapes and likes nothing better than devising dance routines to Steps’ back catalogue.
Business development executive
Matthew Armstrong studied Law and politics at Manchester University before moving back to his native Northern Ireland to do a postgraduate qualification in International Business. Upon completion he spent a period following (or enduring!) the Irish rugby team on an overseas tour down under, though thankfully he managed to enjoy some additional - and much more beautiful - sights along the way.
He returned to work in a sales and marketing capacity, initially for an Irish pharmacy group WBPL, before joining the regional development agency Invest Northern Ireland, through which he met legalsupportnetwork!
Half marathons (or half-finished marathons depending on your point of view)
How getting lost is the best way to discover anywhere
London restaurants (and my subsequent attempts to recreate their dishes…with varying degrees of success!)
If you’re really stuck, you can tell me how you happen to be one eight Irish, on your mother’s side…
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.
Find out more about Mike's work at www.mcml.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.
Stronger in the arts department. Enjoy tickling the occasional guitar string