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, the University of Westminster before joining the UCD Sutherland School of Law. 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 and I am now an Honorary Professor of Law at UCL where I used to coordinate the Law Without Walls programme. I am also Visiting Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Westminster. For the last two years I have been a Leverhulme Research Fellow examining the global consequences of the re-regulation and liberalisation of the legal services market brought on by the UK Legal Services Act 2007. I have presented my findings and contributed to debates and initiatives in Australia, China, Canada, and the US among other countries. I am a founder member of the Legal Services Board Research Strategy Group and a consultant to the International Practice Committee of the New York City Bar Association.


My research focuses primarily on the legal profession and the globalization of law. My first major study was of barristers' clerks, which has been 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 was 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 taught on the masters' course in the law school, MSc in International Law and Business, being responsible for teaching Corporate Networks and Transactions, as well as supervising a number of PhD students. For the University of Miami I have taught a course on "Global Legal Entrepreneurship". At Griffith I teach 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. New Move on 10th November 2016
    I am moving to a new post in October. I shall be Professor and Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. I will remain an Honorary Professor of Law at UCL and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Westminster. I enjoyed my time at UCD as the McCann FitzGerald Chair of International Law and Business but this opportunity was too good to pass up.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

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