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?


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

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

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


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

Patrick Wingrove
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

Kayli Olson
Assistant editor – 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


Client services

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

Jess Moorecroft
Client services assistant – Legal Support Network

Jess graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2016 and spent some time soul searching before deciding to start a career in sales. She is both excited and nervous about becoming an adult, however she is convinced that she has found where she belongs here at Burlington Media Group. Her most exciting accomplishment to date is having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for charity while at university. 

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

Contact Jess:
0870 112 5058





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


Ash Baggott

Delegate sales executive – LPM

Ash was the owner of his own theatre company in Birmingham. He went onto living in North Italy and taught English as a second language at a private language school. Having joined Burlington Media Group in January 2018 as delegate sales executive, he is responsible for the LPM conferences delegate sales.

Ash’s icebreakers:
Film, travelling, prosciutto. 

Contact Ash:
0870 112 5058



Beth Fellner
Conference producer – Briefing and LPM

Beth studied ancient history at Newcastle University and can still be found spending hours at the British Museum. She has been running events and CPD programmes since 2012 and joined the Burlington Media Group team in 2017 to work on a number of Briefing and LPM conferences and other exciting projects.

Beths’s icebreakers:
Beer, burgers, walking, films and sunny Sheffield (where she's from).

Contact Beth:
0870 112 5058

Cezara Iovu
Events co-ordinator – Briefing and LPM

Cezara graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2013 with a degree in hotel management. She developed an interest in events after helping out at a National media council in the Middle East. Having worked previously on finance and engineering B2B events, Cezara joined Burlington Media Group in June 2017 and is enthusiastic about starting a new challenge in the legal sector. 

Cezara’s icebreakers:
90s music, sports, Moldavian food (tasty!), classic cocktails, photography etc.

Contact Cezara:
0870 112 5058


Claire Adam
Event co-ordinator – Legal Support Network

Claire studied public relations at university, which was followed by working within the events industry for a year organising corporate events. Having recently joined Burlington Media Group in August 2017, she is responsible for organising all of LSN’s networking events across the country.

Claire’s icebreakers:
Travelling, events and music.

Contact Claire:
0870 112 5058


Gina Pacheco 
​Operations manager

After completing a degree in criminology and sociology at Brighton University she then moved into the world of customer services, managing a customer service department for a promotions and incentives company for eight years. Having joined Burlington Media in October 2017 as operations manager, she is responsible for all things operational for the company.

Gina icebreakers:
Travel, food and music.

Contact Gina:
0870 112 5058


Tina Jameson 

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



Mike Simpkins

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.