I studied law and sociolegal studies at the LSE, Warwick, and Yale Law School. I took my PhD in sociology at Northwestern University in Chicago under the supervision of Howard Becker, Jack Heinz and Art Stinchcombe. I worked at the American Bar Foundation as a research associate and Indiana University-Bloomington before joining the University of Westminster. I have been an Exxon Fellow in Ethics in the Poynter Center at Indiana University, an Academic Visitor in the Sociology Department at LSE, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and TranState Adjunct Professor at the University of Bremen. I was a Visiting Professor in the School of Law at the University of Miami. I am currently a Visiting Professor of Law at UCL where I coordinate the Law Without Walls programme. Since 2010 I have been a member of the Legal Services Board's Research Strategy Group. In 2012 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to study the new legal services market.


My research focuses primarily on the legal profession and the globalization of law. My first major study was of barristers' clerks, which is being revisited through a Nuffield Foundation sponsored grant. This was followed by an ethnography of a large law firm in Chicago looking at the organisation of the law firm and the relationships between lawyers and clients. This is being published in late 2013 by Quid Pro Books, Tulane. I have continued to study the role and position of legal elites in society, especially in the global context. Here my research has looked at the globalization of insolvency as initiated by the Maxwell insolvency, the development of the large global law firms and MDPs, and the relationships between financial institutions and their professional advisers in the context of capital markets. Recent research, funded by the German Science Foundation at Bremen University, examined cross-border lawmaking in large law firms.

My research agenda has now taken on the regulation of lawyers under the Legal Services Act 2007 and the global impact of the legislative changes.

Current research projects include, among others: Barristers' clerks; globalization, law and lawyers; the implications of Clementi on the legal services market and legal education.

The In Progress page features my latest papers that are awaiting publication. They indicate what I am involved with currently.


John Flood teaches on the masters' courses in the law school being responsible for teaching research methods and introductory approaches to globalization and law, as well as supervising a number of PhD students. I also teach on the undergraduate skills course which introduces students to the modern legal profession and its markets and I also teach torts. For the University of Miami I teach a new course "Global Legal Entrepreneurship". In addition I am involved in the Law Without Walls program coordinated by the University of Miami School of Law. I also teach a course on new legal services in connection with ReInvent Law based at Michigan State College of Law and the University of Westminster.

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  1. Legal Ethics in Transnational Practice on 26th February 2014
    I'm part of a debate at the Georgetown Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London at Swan House, 37-39 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6AA on March 5 at 4pm to 6pm. All welcome. Please RSVP to
  2. New Book: What Do Lawyers Do? on 1st December 2013
    My new book, "What Do Lawyers Do? An Ethnography of a Corporate Law Firm", has initially been launched on and in Kindle format. The hardback and paperback formats are also available.
  3. New Travel Series starting soon on 17th September 2013
    I shall be giving talks in Toronto, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and New York in the next couple of months--October and November.

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