Professional discipline & regulation - Legal 500

The comments below are taken from The Legal 500. The Legal 500 is a clients guide to the best law firms, lawyers and solicitors.

One of the strongest firms in the North West in relation to professional discipline', Stephensons Solicitors LLP is 'first class and the team is friendly, knowledgeable and houses very good lawyers'. Carl Johnson, who was appointed head of the firm’s regulatory department in 2018, has successfully defended cases before professional disciplinary bodies and his client base includes chartered accountants, doctors, dentists and legal professionals; Johnson's 'strengths and qualities are his ability to work on a range of complex cases across many practice areas and his attention to detail is impressive'. Other key members include Sean Joyce, who has developed a niche practise defending professional sportsmen; recently promoted senior associate Alison Marriott, who is 'a first-rate litigator with a clear understanding of a vast array of regulators'; and Laura Hannah, who was made associate and is 'an excellent lawyer with strong knowledge and client care skills'. (2018)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has ‘amassed a team of bright, adaptive and experienced litigators who know which buttons to press at the investigative stage and beyond’. The team is the ‘real deal; it has a complete focus on clients’ interests and immense experience of how best to defend the most serious business crime’. John Greenwood ‘has been in the trenches for a long time and is definitely someone you would want alongside you when the flak starts to fly’. It has a proven track record of defending the most high-profile investigations and prosecutions brought by a variety of agencies including the Environment Agency, the SFO and the FCA.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP, which acts for professionals across the accountancy, legal, and healthcare sectors. The team has specialist experience defending cases of dishonesty and handling cases which concern a practitioner’s mental health, and represents clients before such regulators as the General Medical Council, the Care Quality Commission, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Carl Johnson (‘extremely client friendly’ and ‘gets to grips with a case swiftly’), associate Alison Marriott (‘well-organised’ and ‘always on top of her brief’) and paralegal Martin Haisley (‘passionate and very keen to get the best result for his client’) are also recommended. (2017)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s practice defends professionals in a range of sectors, from accountancy and financial service to legal, education and healthcare. Carl Johnson is the practice head and is ‘a tough but sensible lawyer who puts his clients first'. (2016)

The ‘brilliant and extremely well-regarded’ practice at Stephensons Solicitors LLP is led by Sean Joyce, and represents healthcare professionals and sporting clients. The ‘extremely committed’ Carl Johnson and ‘conscientious and diligent’ Rachel Adamson are recommended. (2015)

The ‘very well-respected' Stephensons Solicitors LLP represents medical professionals and athletes. The ‘terrific' Sean Joyce is ‘very approachable and talks a great deal of sense'. (2014)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP is appreciated for the 'boutique service' it provides to a broad range of medical professionals. Sean Joyce is the key contact. (2013)

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