Meet The Team

David Sparkes, CEO and founder

A 25 year career in the legal sector provides the foundation for David to support business leaders with their growth strategy.

A strong exponent of investing in people, networks and connections, David is dedicated to close working relationships that drive material value. Having a deep understanding of individual and business goals enables him to facilitate meaningful introductions that are aligned to outcomes and ultimately accelerate the path to success.

David is best known for being the CEO and founder of the highly successful legal media business Burlington Media Group, and responsible for creating some of the most respected communities for operational leaders within the legal sector including Legal Support Network (LSN), Legal Practice Management (LPM), and Briefing communities.

An early career in law with Thomas Eggar Solicitors on the south coast (now Irwin Mitchell), Hanne & Co Solicitors a legal aid franchise in Clapham, London and a successful nine year career in legal recruitment underpins a deep industry network.

Anne Harnetty, Director

Anne is best known as the founder and MD of Jonson Beaumont, which provides c-suite level business service leaders to professional services firms, and Jonson Beaumont Core, which provides a consulting advice to firms on merger integration. Anne is used to advising Boards in the selection of c-suite candidates.

Whilst continuing to operate Jonson Beaumont and Jonson Beaumont Core, Anne collaborates with Millbourn Ross bringing her wealth of knowledge and connections to M&A projects and brokering successful outcomes.

In conjunction with running her business, Anne had 10 years as a Director of the Managing Partners Forum COO/CFO Group.

In 2022 Anne wrote ‘Mergers With the Benefit of Hindsight’ and has been a key note speaker for the Law Society, Law South, LexisNexis and Law Firm Ambition.

A Managing Partner said: “Anne Harnetty's book is grounded in common sense and is very practical. The quotes from Managing Partners and others throughout the book are incredibly insightful and reveal some of the benefits of merging when it is done well and many of the scars and war wounds of not doing it well.
I would recommend any Managing Partner of a professional services firm which is considering merger as part of its strategy to read this book before doing anything else. It is an easy read and not too long."

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