Sir Jack Beatson

Sir Jack Beatson read law at Brasenose College, Oxford where he was awarded a BA (Law) (First Class Hons) in 1970, BCL (First Class Hons) in 1972, and MA in 1973. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1973, joined Essex Court Chambers in 1983, and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.  Between 1973 and 1994 he was Fellow and Tutor in Law at Merton College, Oxford and lecturer in the Oxford Law Faculty, and between 1989 and 1994 was a Law Commissioner for England and Wales. Sir Jack led the Law Commission’s work on contract and commercial law, civil evidence, damages, administrative law, and financial services. He was the Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge University and a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge between 1994 and 2003, and a member of the United Kingdom’s Competition Commission between 1995 and 2001.

Sir Jack served as a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales between January 2013 and February 2018. Between 2003 and the end of 2012, he served as a Justice of the Queen’s Bench Division, sitting in the Administrative Court and the Commercial Court as well as in the general QB list. He is now a part-time judge of the Astana International Financial Centre’s Court in the Republic of Kazakhstan and of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.

In the Court of Appeal and Commercial Court, his judgments in the field of international arbitration included AmTrust Europe Ltd v Trust Risk Group SpA [2015] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 154 (scope of arbitration clause in insurance contracts framework agreements), Yegiazaryan v Smagin [2016] EWCA Civ 1290 (challenge to arbitrators’ jurisdiction), and Republic of Serbia v Imagesat International NV [2010] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 324 (arbitrability, public international law, state succession, estoppel).

He has authored and edited leading legal texts including Anson’s Law of Contract (27th – 30th eds.), Chitty on Contract, co-editor (25th – 28th eds.), Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law (author & joint editor with D. Friedmann, 1995), Unjustified Enrichment: Cases, Materials and Texts (author & joint editor with E. Schrage, 2003); Jurists Uprooted: German Speaking Émigré Lawyers in 20th Century Britain (author & joint editor with R. Zimmermann 2004). He was co-editor of Arbitration International between 1985 and 1989.

He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2001, awarded higher doctorates by the Universities of Oxford (DCL) Cambridge (LLD), and served as President of the British Academy of Forensic Science between 2007-2009.  He holds Honorary Fellowships at Brasenose College, Oxford, Merton College, Oxford, and St John’s College, Cambridge.

A more detailed CV is available upon request.

Current Appointments and Memberships

  • Justice of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (with effect from November 2018)
  • AIFC Court Judge, Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Member of the London Court of Arbitration
  • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration