The Rt. Hon. Sir Jack Beatson FBA’s undergraduate and graduate studies were at Brasenose College Oxford. He was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1972, elected a bencher in 1993, and appointed a QC in 1998. He was the Law Tutor at Merton College and a Lecturer in the Oxford Law Faculty between 1973 and 1994, but on leave between 1989 and 1994 when serving as a member of the Law Commission of England and Wales. He led the Commission's work on the private law of obligations, commercial law, and public law. On leaving the Commission in 1994, he became Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College Cambridge until 2003 when he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench Division. He sat in the Commercial Court and the Administrative Court as well as in the general QB list, and between 2009 and 2012 served as the Queen’s Bench Liaison Judge for Midlands and Wales Circuits. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2012 and took up his appointment in 2013. He is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College and Brasenose College, Oxford, and of St John's College Cambridge.
His publications include:- The Use and Abuse of Unjust Enrichment: Essays on the Law of Restitution 1991; Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law (author & joint editor with D Friedmann) 1995; Anson’s Law of Contract (27th - 29th eds, 29th ed with A Burrows and J Cartwright); Jurists Uprooted: German Speaking Émigré Lawyers in 20th Century Britain (author & joint editor with R. Zimmermann) 2004; Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the UK (2008) with S Grosz, T Hickman and R Singh.