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UK Fellow, Law, elected in 2004

Professor Hugh Beale FBA

Law Private Law (Contract, Restitution, Tort) Contract

About this Fellow

Hugh Beale QC FBA specialises in the law of contract (he has published several books on contract and is the General Editor of Chitty on Contracts) and commercial law, in particular the law of security over moveable property. He also works on the developing "European" contract law: he was a member of the Commission on European Contract Law 1987-2000, of the Study Group on a European Civil Code and of the Group of Experts called upon to draft the Feasibility Study for a Common European Sales Law.



Current post

  • Professor of Law, University of Warwick; Senior Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer and Reader in Law, University of Bristol, 1973 - 1987
  • , Law Commission, 2000 - 2007
  • Professor of Law, University of Warwick, 1987
  • Law Commissioner and Professor of Law, University of Warwick, University of Warwick, 1987
  • Lecturer in Law, Other Foreign Institutions, 1969 - 1971
  • Professor of Law, University of Warwick, 2007

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2005 - 2008


Chitty on Contracts (Gen Ed) 32nd ed, 2015


Mistake and non-disclosure of facts 2012


Cases and Materials on Contract 1985, 1990, 2001, 2008


Principles of European Contract Law 2000


Law of Security and Title-based Financing (with M Bridge, L Gullifer and E Lomnicka), 2nd ed 2012


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