Carl Johnson

Partner & Head of Regulatory Law


Carl is a Partner and heads the firm’s regulatory department. The department acts for commercial and professional clients across a number of sectors including education, financial services, healthcare, professional services, social care and transport and logistics.

Carl specialises in professional discipline and regulation. He advises and defends doctors, dentists, pharmacists, chartered accountants and teachers facing regulatory action. Carl has extensive experience of dealing with the most serious aspects of professional regulation including dishonesty, financial misconduct, sexual misconduct, serious clinical incidents, serious breaches of professional standards and criminal convictions.

Carl regularly deals with cases brought by a number of regulators and professional bodies, including:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • General Dental Council (GDC)
  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Carl is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)

What others say

Chambers & Partners

"He has a methodical approach when preparing a case. He will fight tooth and nail for his client, leaving no stone unturned."

"He provides realistic and commercial advice and has an eye for detail."

"Carl Johnson of Stephensons is recognised for his "business-minded" approach to his multifaceted practice. He is considered a "driving force" in the regulatory sphere, regularly acting for teachers, accountants and a full range of healthcare professionals."

Legal 500

“Extremely client friendly’ and ‘gets to grips with a case swiftly”

"Carl Johnson is the practice head and is a tough but sensible lawyer who puts his clients first."

‘The professional discipline team at Stephensons excels in being able to gain the trust of clients quickly and decide on the right strategy for the particular case.‘

‘Stephensons takes time to ensure that clients attend hearings with a clear understanding of the process and the possible outcomes; and the attention to detail and level of preparation for hearings shown by Stephensons is some of the best I have seen. This undoubtedly makes a huge contribution to the successful outcomes achieved for clients.‘

‘An extremely hardworking group of people who respond very quickly to client emergencies, and who have an in depth knowledge of both the professional regulators and the tribunals who police the professionals.‘