New ideas in law: Follow the leader
Philip Wood QC ambles into one of the meeting rooms of Allen & Overy's (A&O's) Bishops Square offices and launches into a series of surreal asides, including but not limited to 1930s Yorkshire, his love of colouring in and how there are too many laws in the world. The face of - and brains behind - A&O's new Global Law Intelligence Unit, who holds visiting professor posts at universities including Oxford, Cambridge and London School of Economics, plays the eccentric academic role well. But spend a bit longer in his company and it is clear that he also possesses the commercial nous you'd expect from someone who has spent 40 years in corporate law, including a high-profile stint as A&O's head of banking in the 1990s.
Law firms, consultants and think tanks are all pushing to carve out a reputation for agenda-setting research and commentary. Alex Aldridge reports
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