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Criminal Law

Tenth Edition

Nicola Padfield

21 July 2016

ISBN: 9780198778318

432 pages

In Stock

Core Texts Series

Price: £34.99

A concise and authoritative account of criminal law, which encourages students towards further study and a wider understanding of the subject.



A concise yet authoritative introduction to the subject, Criminal Law offers a stimulating account of the key topics in this area of law, illustrated through numerous case summaries. Exposition of the most recent case law and academic commentaries ensures a solid grounding in the core areas of a complex subject.

  • Written by a leading academic within the field, this text provides an authoritative account of the core issues in criminal law today
  • Numerous case summaries introduce students to the key cases in criminal law and illustrate the subject's fundamental principles and policies
  • Each chapter includes a summary, further reading, and self-test questions, enabling students to consolidate their understanding of each topic and explore the subject further
  • Thoughtful discussion of topical issues and current debates clarifies complex judgments and encourages students to think critically about this area of law

New to this edition

  • Up-to-date coverage of recent case law, including R (Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice (2016), Wells (2015), Maghee v CPS (2014), Gurpinar (2015), and Pace and Rogers (2014)
  • Coverage of the new statutory offences to be found in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, the Serious Crime Act 2015, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015
  • Proposals from the Law Commission, including their final recommendations to Government on Reform of Offences Against the Person (2015)

About the Author(s)

Nicola Padfield, Bencher of the Middle Temple; Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Nicola Padfield is a Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty and Master of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. A qualified barrister, she has published widely on criminal law and criminal justice and is a Bencher of the Middle Temple.

Table of Contents

    2:The conduct element of a crime
    3:Criminal states of mind
    4:Incapacitating conditions
    5:General defences
    7:Inchoate offences
    9:Crimes of non-fatal violence
    10:Sexual offences
    11:Theft, fraud, and other property offences
    12:Criminal damage and public order offences


Review from previous edition An excellent book. Well written and well organised, its pithy coverage of the core elements meets the demands of any criminal law course. - Robert Jago, The University of Surrey

Padfield gets to the heart of the matter, engaging in excellent critique, and giving extremely useful in-text quotations from cases, and comments on academic articles. - Dr Sharon Hanson, Canterbury Christ Church University

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