Partner Chat – Development (March 2016)

30 March, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

In this month’s Partner Chat, the Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day team caught up with Richard Stokes, partner in the Development team:

Richard works for developers, housing associations and landowners with regard to sale agreements, options and promotion agreements.

Outside of work, I can usually be found…

The honest answer is changing nappies and reciting nursery rhymes. When time allows, I love exploring new music, and going to gigs. Less chance to do this than I used to have though, and the taste is more cutting hedge than cutting edge these days.

Favourite Film


Describe your role and area of expertise

Development lawyer, dealing with a range of contracts for strategic and consented land.

What do you find most interesting about your work?

Needing to apply what we do to a wide variety of commercial situations.

What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A real number of things, but a glorious summer working in the parts department of the local garage on the advice of the school careers’ officer certainly helped focus my mind, shall I say. Never entirely sure it wasn’t a motivational trick.

In your opinion, what makes a good trainee solicitor?

An ability to absorb detail, and a willingness to work hard to try and understand the context of what you are doing.

What makes Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Cripps Pemberton Greenish?

It’s people. It may sound like a cliché, but it is absolutely true.


To find out more about life as a development solicitor, read the latest Development blog by Tom Pimenta here.