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Complete Criminal Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Eighth Edition

Janet Loveless, Mischa Allen, and Caroline Derry

23 May 2022

ISBN: 9780192855947

776 pages

In Stock


Price: £42.99

Concepts, cases, and commentary combine to stimulate active learning, critical thinking, and perceptive analysis.


Complete Criminal Law offers students a carefully blended combination of the concepts and cases of criminal law, accompanied by insightful commentary - a combination designed to encourage critical thinking, stimulate analysis, and promote a complete understanding.

  • Clear explanations of the legal concepts that underpin the subject give students a strong base on which to build
  • Extracts from cases and primary materials show at first hand the law at work and will deepen understanding
  • Thought-provoking thinking points that help develop the ability to analyse and critically evaluate the law
  • Review questions and self-testing tools will help consolidate knowledge and give students the confidence to perform well in assessments
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Additional discussion of the criminal justice process, including sentencing guidelines and Covid-19 regulations
  • Discussion of public order offences
  • Additional commentary on Barton
  • New cases and legislation, including R v Adid [2021], Dawson [2021], Field [2021], Ivor and Others v R [2021], Lanning and Camille [2021], Martins [2021], Muhammed [2021], MS [2021], Thacker and others [2021], and the Domestic Abuse Act 2021

About the Author(s)

Janet Loveless, Former Senior Lecturer in Law, London Metropolitan University, Mischa Allen, Associate Lecturer in Law, The Open University, and Caroline Derry, Senior Lecturer in Law, The Open University

The late Janet Loveless was a Senior Lecturer in Law at London Metropolitan University. During her career she was also a member of the LLM Board of London University Examiners and a partner of a London legal aid firm of solicitors.

Mischa Allen has over 20 years' experience of teaching and examining criminal law on undergraduate and GDL courses and was previously Course Leader for the GDL at London Metropolitan University. She is an Associate Lecturer in Law at the Open University.

Caroline Derry is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University. She has practised as a barrister and solicitor and has over twenty years' teaching experience; she was previously LLB Law Course Leader at London Metropolitan University.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction to the criminal justice system
    2:Actus reus: the conduct element
    3:Mens rea: blameworthy states of mind
    4:Murder and voluntary manslaughter
    5:Involuntary and corporate manslaughter
    6:Defences of incapacity and mental conditions
    7:Defences of compulsion
    8:Non-fatal offences against the person
    9:Sexual offences
    10:Property offences 1: theft, robbery, burglary, and handling
    11:Property offences 2: fraud and other property offences
    12:Inchoate offences
    13:Secondary participation: parties to a crime


"Strikes exactly the right balance between providing a sound introduction to the subject...whilst still being comprehensive...combined with a user-friendly layout and a variety of innovative techniques to aid students' learning" - Graeme Brown, Assistant Professor in Criminal Law, Durham University

"A fantastic book...a complete package. The book and combined online support provides...a detailed and highly effective learning pathway. If a learner followed the logical structure and took advantage of the online support they would be guaranteed success on any criminal law module" - Louis Martin, Senior Lecturer, Staffordshire University

"Particularly user-friendly and accessible...the unique features make it ideal" - Andra le Roux-Kemp, Associate Professor in Law, University of Lincoln

Additional Resources

Digital formats

This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The book is also supported by online resources, including:
- Additional coverage of misuse of drugs offences
- Multiple choice questions
- Answer guidance to the problem questions posed in the book
- Answer guidance to the thinking points in the book
- Extra exam style questions with answer guidance

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