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 and acts for doctors, chartered accountants, solicitors and a range of other professional clients. He has extensive experience of dealing with the most serious aspects of professional regulation including dishonesty, financial misconduct, sexual misconduct, serious breaches of professional standards and criminal convictions.

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

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA);
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA);
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA);
  • General Medical Council (GMC);
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW);
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA);
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

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

What others say

“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 & Partners 2015