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832 pages

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ISBN: 9780993336584
Published: 31 May 2018

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Criminal Law

by Mark Thomas



...a good, solid criminal law textbook that I would be happy to use.

I like the way the case examples are set out, they break up the text well. I like the way it is structured, with the various offences under each chapter seperated out logically and in an accesible way. I like there being separate chapters on actus reus, mens rea, principal/secondary, and inchoate offendering, this will be nice and easy for the students to use. (Dr. Daniel Newman, Cardiff Law School)

It's quite different to a lot of other text books - and I like it personally.

The practical examples I think students will really find helpful, as well as the end of chapter summaries. The flowcharts will be popular, as will the definition sections that are separately highlighted. Clearly the quality of the work is academically written to a very good standard. (Mark Edwards, Sheffield Hallam University)

Criminal Law is a brand new text aimed at students studying on an LLB or GDL course.

Written in plain English, it provides students with a detailed understanding of the theoretical and substantive aspects of the law of crime, whilst maintaining a practice-based approach.

The book provides a sound base level of knowledge of the substantive law. It then adds to this knowledge to ensure that students are able to apply the substantive law using a variety of skills in different contexts. Then, the text shows students how to engage with the subject and critically evaluate and consider the implications of the law in any given scenario. It is essential that students understand the dynamism of criminal law and ask the difficult questions that have been, and remain to be, pondered by academics. As such, the book also considers the social, economic and political context.

Criminal Law aims to present the law as of March 2018. It takes account of the Law Commission's recommendations for reforming offences against the person, and discusses recent (2017) cases on the following topics:

- accessorial liability (R v Jogee, R v Brown, R v Garwood and R v Varley)

- statutory conspiracy (R v Dad (Ashley Alan))

- diminished responsibility (R v Squelch, R v Conroy, R v Blackman and R v Joyce)

- loss of self-control (R v Meanza, R v Martin and R v Rejmanski)

- gross negligence manslaughter (R v Rose and R v Zaman)

- intoxication (R v White (Lindsey))

- insanity (Loake v CPS)

- self-defence (R v Robinson (Gary Lucien) and R v Ray)

- dishonesty (Ivey v Genting Casinos and DDP v Patterson).

Visit www.hscriminallaw.co.uk, the companion site to Criminal Law, for:

- developments in the criminal law
- guidance on answering exam questions
- glossary of key criminal law terms
- guidance on the 'test your knowledge' questions at the end of each chapter



1. Introduction to the Criminal Law
2. Actus Reus
3. Mens Rea
4. Principal and Secondary Offenders
5. Inchoate Offences
6. Corporate Liability
7. General Defences


8. Fatal Offences
9. Non-Fatal Offences
10. Sexual Offences


11. Theft and Related Offences
12. Other Theft Act Offences
13. Fraud and Related Offences
14. Damage to Property