Meet Richard Burnett, HM Group Commercial Director.
I’m Richard Burnett, Hillyer McKeown’s first Partner from outside the legal profession. I joined HM in November 2011, after the firm had successfully handled the legal aspects of the sale of my own business.
Hillyer McKeown, like many small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), has ambitious growth plans; my role is to use my commercial experience and knowledge to help the business expand.
I’m passionate about relationship building and pride myself on growing strong sales pipelines, working closely with clients to help them plan and build strong financial foundations for the future.
We also have ambitious plans to disrupt the legal sector with easy to access legal advice and packaged commercial services offering clear benefits and outstanding value for money, all within a fixed cost environment.
Extensive commercial experience
Over the course of my career, I have held senior sales and marketing positions at blue-chip companies such as Peugeot-Citroen, Goldenfry Foods and Mars Confectionery.
In 1998 I launched my first business, a sales agency supplying Yorkshire pudding, batter and pizza base mixes to the major multiple supermarket chains. In 2002, I went on to acquire a Liverpool-based commercial design and print business.
During this time I had direct experience of instructing law firms on many occasions, so have a real feel for what commercial clients really want from their law firm and how they wish to be treated.
On a personal level, I used to play a lot of sport including rugby and tennis, but am now limited to weekend jogs down the Wirral Way with the dog.
As a season-ticket holder, I remain hopeful that Liverpool FC will once again, enjoy the glories of my earlier years.
And finally, Italy is without doubt my preferred travel destination. The lakes, architecture and passion are wonderful, but it’s the food and wine that gets me.
I am always delighted to hear from existing clients, prospective clients, those with ideas and ambition and those who want to join us on the journey!