Welcome to the MPF Human Resources Group

Helping Group members be the best they can in a fast evolving and uncertain business landscape

The MPF Human Resources Group provides a formal network for those who balance business objectives with the demands, needs and aspirations of their firm’s people. The Committee organises quarterly events for up to 20 people and a private Hub that:

  • Encourage learning through an exchange of ideas and best practice
  • Clarify how members can best contribute to the challenges and opportunities facing their firms
  • Explore ways to develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust with the firm-wide leader and other C-Suite members
  • Facilitate debate amongst those holding diverse perspectives
  • Provide members with insight into the value contributed by other management experts


Interim Chair: Penny Newman, Chief People Officer, Lewis Silkin

Director: Tony Jackson, Director & Executive Coach, Chelsham Consulting

Sarah Draper, HR Director, Gerald Eve

Kirsty Peacock, HR Director, Dentons

Lak Purewal, HR Director EMEA, Norton Rose Fulbright

Moira Slape, HR Director, Travers Smith


  • We are dedicated to the issues that make a real difference to our members - other networks focus on technical capability.
  • We provide an inclusive forum - other networks exclude those without a formal HR qualification.
  • We treat you as an insider – coping with “non-lawyer, non-person” attitudes can be challenging, especially for those new to the sector


Takeovers & mergers: Lessons learned
Management Team Together

Speakers - Jenni Emery (CMS), Peter Madden (Arcadis), Jeremy Horner

Lewis Silkin, 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL

Thursday 5 October 2017 - postponed

The challenges of leading a successful merger or takeover are varied and extensive. Leadership at all stages is paramount, from conception to integrating strategy and objectives all while leading a firm of people.

Each individual element of the firm faces its own specific challenges – from partners and fee earners to business services departments. A well-planned and executed integration ensures minimal disruption, underpinned with strong communication to both your people and your clients – current and future.


Coming soon...


  • Chief People Officers
  • Those with equivalent job titles to CPO (for example HR Director)
  • Firmwide leaders
  • Client-facing leaders & Office heads
  • Approved members of other Groups
  • Approved members of Clubs

Membership details


Penny Newman Interim Chair:
Penny Newman,
Lewis Silkin
Tony Jackson Director:
Tony Jackson,
Chelsham Consulting
Sarah Draper Sarah Draper,
Gerald Eve
Kirsty Peacock Kirsty Peacock,
Lak Purewal Lak Purewal,
Norton Rose Fulbright
Moira Slape Moira Slape,
Travers Smith

More on the committee members…


  • Creating a resilient Board
  • Analytical approach to performance management
  • Developing a coaching culture
  • Leading change
  • Changing career models for the next generation
  • Recruiting for resilience