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Complete Criminal Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Seventh Edition

Janet Loveless, Mischa Allen, and Caroline Derry

May 2020

ISBN: 9780198848462

784 pages

In Stock


Price: £39.99

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

New to this edition

  • New cases including Taj [2018] and Wallace (Berlinah) [2018]
  • New legislation including the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 on corrosive substances offences and the Voyeurism Offences Act 2019 on upskirting
  • Additional coverage of drugs offences is available online

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, 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 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 and at University of Essex Online.

Caroline Derry is a Lecturer in Law at the Open University. She has practised as a barrister and solicitor, and was previously LLB Law Course Leader at London Metropolitan University.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction and general principles
    2:Actus reus: Acts, omissions, and causation
    3:Mens rea: Intention, recklessness, negligence, and gross negligence
    4:Strict, vicarious, and corporate liability
    5:Secondary participation: Parties to a crime
    6:Homicide I: Murder
    7:Homicide II: Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
    8:Defences of incapacity and mental conditions
    9:Defences of compulsion
    10:Non-fatal offences against the person
    11:Sexual offences
    12:Property offences I
    13:Property offences II: Fraud and making off without payment
    14:Property offences III
    15:Inchoate offences: Attempt, conspiracy, and assisting and encouraging under The Serious Crime Act 2007


"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

"A comprehensive and accessible criminal law textbook, written in an engaging way to enhance student learning" - Dr Noel Cross, Programme Leader, Liverpool John Moores University

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
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 text is also supported by online resources which include:
    - Annual updates
    - Links to relevant websites
    - Answer guidance on problem questions and 'thinking points' from the text
    - Extra exam style questions with answers guidance
    - Test bank of 200 multiple choice questions]
    - Additional information on drugs offences

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