Hugh Beale has been a Professor of Law at Warwick since 1987. Before that he taught at the University of Bristol, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the University of Connecticut. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Amsterdam, North Carolina, Paris I and Utrecht. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Oxford (2007-).
From 2000 to 2007 Hugh was on leave from the University while he was a Law Commissioner for England and Wales, with responsibility for the Commercial and Common Law Team. During this time the Team worked on projects such as Limitation; Unfair Contract Terms; Illegality in Contracts and Trusts; Registration of Security Interests over Property other than Land; and Insurance Contract Law.
Hugh was appointed Honorary QC in 2002. He was elected as an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2001 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2004.