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Elliott & Quinn's Criminal Law, 12th Edition

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Elliott & Quinn’s Criminal Law has been specifically designed to introduce you to the legal principles, cases and statutes at play in this core subject area. Areas of debate, critique of the current law and consideration of reform options are also included throughout making this an ideal text for LLB or GDL who want an accessible and engaging introduction to criminal law.


·    Based on the original work by Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn, this new edition continues to offer the trademark clarity of writing for which this book is known making it an ideal text for those who require an accessible and engaging introduction to criminal law.

·    Areas of academic debate, criticisms of the current law and reform options are highlighted throughout the text to encourage you to analyse and develop your own views on the more controversial areas of criminal law.

·    A range of tools are used throughout to help you to get to grips with the subject quickly and to reinforce your understanding, including:

o Key case boxes to help you identify and understand the legal principles developed from leading case law

o Typical exam questions and detailed guidance on answering them to illustrate how to apply the legal principles in exams

o Additional reading suggestions to encourage you to read more widely around the subject

New to this Edition


Updated with all the latest legal developments in this area, this twelfth edition includes coverage of:

 ·    A substantially revised chapter 11 on accomplice liability which has been reworked to reflect the change to the law brought about by R v Jogee and Ruddock (2016);

·    Extensively updated coverage of voluntary manslaughter to reflect decision made in R v Gurpinar (2015), R v Golds (2016), R v Wilcocks (2016) and R v Meanza (2017); and

·    Discussion of the case of R (on the application of Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice (2016) in the context of the householder’s defence in self-defence.


Table of Contents

Preface xix

Table of cases xx

Table of statutes xxvii

Table of treaties xxix

Introduction 1

Elements of a crime 13

Strict liability 38

Murder 54

Voluntary manslaughter 79

Involuntary manslaughter 108

Non-fatal offences against the person 150

Sexual offences (by Samantha Pegg) 181

Non-fraudulent property offences 218

Fraudulent property offences 258

10 Inchoate offences 280

11 Accomplices 308

12 Corporate liability 336

13 General defences 351

Appendix 430

Select bibliography 436

Glossary 449

Index 456