Carl Johnson

Partner & Head of Regulatory Law


Carl is a Partner and heads the firm’s regulatory department. He qualified as a solicitor in 2008, joined Stephensons in 2010 and was made a Partner of the firm in 2015. Carl specialises in professional discipline and regulation and is recommended in the current edition of the Legal 500.

Carl acts for clients across a number of sectors including accountancy, healthcare, financial services, legal services and sports. He has extensive experience of dealing with the most serious aspects of professional misconduct including dishonesty, financial misconduct, safeguarding and criminal convictions. He also has specialist experience of advising professional clients facing investigation due to issues of alcohol and substance misuse.

Carl deals with cases before a range of regulators and professional bodies, including:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA);
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA):
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS);
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA);
  • Football Association (FA);
  • General Dental Council (GDC);
  • General Medical Council (GMC);
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW);
  • Ofsted;
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS);
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA);
  • The Pensions Regulator
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Carl advises clients at all stages of proceedings, including initial referral and investigation, interim orders and interim measures hearings, fitness to practise and professional conduct hearings and sanction reviews. He also assists clients with appeals against decisions.

In addition to his defence practice, Carl regularly assists clients with applications for professional registration and provides advice on regulatory compliance.

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

What others say 

"Carl Johnson is the practice head and is a tough but sensible lawyer who puts his clients first." - Legal 500, 2016

"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." - Chambers 2015