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 a range of professional clients including doctors, chartered accountants, financial services professionals and solicitors. He has extensive experience of dealing with the most serious aspects of professional regulation including dishonesty, financial misconduct, practising without appropriate registration, serious breaches of professional standards, safeguarding and criminal convictions. Carl also has experience of successfully appealing decisions of regulatory bodies. This includes decisions of fitness to practise and disciplinary tribunals and decisions to refuse professional registration.   

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

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA);
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS);
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA);
  • General Medical Council (GMC);
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW);
  • The Pensions Regulator;
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA);
  • 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.

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

What others say 

"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'." - Legal 500, 2018

“Extremely client friendly’ and ‘gets to grips with a case swiftly” - Legal 500, 2017

"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