Stephensons appoints new Head of Regulatory Law

Stephensons appoints new Head of Regulatory Law

Specialist regulatory solicitor and Partner, Carl Johnson, has been appointed as Head of Regulatory Law at the national law firm Stephensons.

Carl joined Stephensons in 2010 and became a Partner at the firm in 2015. He specialises in professional discipline and is recommended as an expert in his field by the Legal 500 – the definitive guide to the legal sector.

In his role, Carl will lead a 20-strong team acting for commercial and professional clients in relation to a wide variety of legal issues. This includes enforcement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC); data protection; environmental law; Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enforcement; firearms licensing; health and safety law; Ofsted enforcement; professional discipline; road transport regulation and trading standards enforcement. The department operates from Stephensons’ offices in the North West and London, acting for clients nationwide.

The range of services offered by the department has recently been extended following the appointment of Stuart Crook, a senior associate solicitor specialising in data protection matters. Stuart previously worked in the firm’s civil liberties department and has joined the regulatory team in order to service the increased demand for advice on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to come into force in May 2018.

Carl said: “The regulatory department has gone through a period of continuous expansion and evolution in recent years. Our current focus is on consolidating our existing core services, while at the same time expanding the range of services which we offer.  

“We are always on the lookout for new talent - both externally and internally. Stuart (Crook) has developed an excellent practice in data protection matters, establishing himself as a renowned expert in this field. He is currently advising a number of commercial clients in relation to their obligations under and compliance with the GDPR framework.

“Stuart is a great addition to the department, adding to our already diverse range of regulatory specialisms for commercial clients.”