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Carl Johnson

Partner & Head of Regulatory


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). He is also the firm’s lead complaints partner.

What others say 

Legal 500

"Stephensons Solicitors LLP‘s ‘excellent‘ professional discipline practice is exclusively focused on defence-side work; and the team acts across several sectors, including accountancy, healthcare, education, and financial and legal services. Heading up the firm’s regulatory department, Carl Johnson‘s track record includes successfully defending cases before a wide range of professional disciplinary bodies." - 2023 edition

Chambers & Partners

In the 2024 edition Carl was recognised as a notable practitioner: 

"Carl Johnson is head of Stephensons' regulatory group and regularly represents regulated professionals facing dishonesty, assault and other misconduct allegations. He has noteworthy experience assisting with SRA, GMC and FCA investigations.

"He's very straightforward and to the point and very fair. He's 100% trustworthy."

"He's so assured and so smooth. Carl knows his stuff and has really sound judgement. Clients are always in good hands with him."

"Carl is very detailed and on top of the case. He's good at providing all the answers and prepares everything very well. He gives thorough instructions and is very nice to deal with." - 2024 edition

“He is a very hard-working lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of professional discipline. He is extremely good with clients." - 2023 edition

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