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Unlocking Criminal Law

7th Edition

By Tony Storey


630 pages

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Unlocking Criminal Law will help you grasp the main concepts of the subject with ease. Containing accessible explanations in clear and precise terms that are easy to understand, it provides an excellent foundation for learning and revising Criminal Law.

The information is clearly presented in a logical structure and the following features support learning helping you to advance with confidence:


  • Clear learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter set out the skills and knowledge you will need to get to grips with the subject;
    • • Key Facts boxes throughout each chapter allow you to progressively build and consolidate your understanding;

      • End-of-chapter summaries provide a useful check-list for each topic;

      • Cases and judgments are highlighted to help you find them and add them to your notes quickly;

      • Frequent activities and self-test questions are included so you can put your knowledge into practice;

      • Sample essay questions with annotated answers prepare you for assessment;

• Glossary of legal terms clarifies important definitions.


This edition has been fully updated to include discussion of recent changes and developments within criminal law, including new case law on causation, self-defence, consent, diminished responsibility, on loss of control, gross negligence manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, infanticide, theft and blackmail.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction to Criminal Law; 2: Actus Reus; 3: Mens Rea; 4: Strict Liability; 5: Parties to a Crime; 6: Inchoate Offences; 7: Capacity; 8: General Defences; 9: Mental Capacity Defences; 10: Homicide; 11: Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person; 12: Sexual Offences; 13: Theft; 14: Robbery, Burglary and Other Offences in the Theft Acts; 15: Fraud; 16: Criminal Damage; 17: Public Order Offences; 18: Index

About the Author

Tony Storey is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Northumbria where he teaches Criminal Law, EU Law, Sports Law and the English Legal System.

About the Series

Unlocking the Law

The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. The books have been designed with the same format and structure, so each chapter in each book includes: a list of aims and objectives, activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning.

All topic areas are broken up into manageable sections with a logical progression and extensive use of headings and numerous sub-headings as well as an extensive contents list and index. Each book in the series contains a variety of flow charts, diagrams, key facts charts and summaries to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Diagrams and flow charts are particularly useful because they can provide a quick and easy understanding of the key points, especially when revising for examinations. Key facts charts not only provide a quick visual guide through the subject but are also useful for revision.

Many cases are separated out for easy access and all cases have full citation in the text as well as the table of cases for easy reference. The emphasis of the series is on depth of understanding much more than breadth of detail. For this reason each text also includes key extracts from judgments where appropriate. Extracts from academic comment from journal articles and leading texts are also included to give some insight into the academic debate on complex or controversial areas. In both cases these are highlighted and removed from the body of the text.

Finally the books also include much formative 'self-testing', with a variety of activities ranging through subject specific comprehension, application of the law, and a range of other activities to help the student gain a good idea of his or her progress in the course. Appendices with guides on completing essay style questions and legal problem solving supplement and support this interactivity. Besides this a sample essay plan is added at the end of most chapters.

Series editors: Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and has taught law at all levels. Chris Turner LLM is a Senior Lecturer in law at Wolverhampton University.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General