Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens

Partner, Employment

Richard was admitted as a solicitor in 1992. After 4 years in practice in North West London, he joined Vanderpump & Sykes in December 1996 in the Litigation department before progressing to Associate level. Richard then became a Partner and head of Litigation specialising in Employment law. He also acts for corporate clients in Commercial disputes. Richard is a member of the Employment Lawyer's Association.

It is in his genes. Richard comes from a family where law has permeated the gene pool. His father and wife practise law as do several other members of the Stephens clan.

Aside from his legal 'heritage' why did Richard become a lawyer?

"I like a good debate and have always been keen to argue a point. I pride myself on being good with detail but I'm also able to see the wood for the trees. Employment law has a very human element, more so than some other areas of law. It's a fascinating subject covering all aspects of life and the emotions that go with it. Being able to give talks about my work at seminars and events adds to the enjoyment."

The man behind employment. Richard is blessed with a 'lovely' family – three 'wonderful' sons (most of the time – he says!) who often accompany him to rugby and cricket matches. Richard plays tennis and has done a parachute jump but mainly keeps fit through cycling. Richard and one of his sons has cycled to Brighton for charity. He loves the theatre and good restaurants but has aspirations to take on bungee jumping 'for the thrill' so watch this space!