Joseph Millington Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

Call: 2009


Joe specialises in government litigation, local authority enforcement and regulatory offences.

Joe frequently accepts instructions in high value matters of considerable complexity, and his extremely thorough preparation and incisive analysis enables him to distil the essentials of a case from voluminous material.

Since his appointment to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in November 2015, Joe has established a strong practice in both tiers of the Tax Tribunal covering a wide range of VAT and customs and excise duties matters. As both led junior and sole junior, Joe has considerable experience of MTIC fraud involving various commodities, directors’ personal liability notices, and civil evasion penalties.

Joe is regularly instructed in matters concerning trading standards and consumer protection, licensing, environmental, and fraud offences, and has expertise in the licensing of houses in multiple occupation, appearing in both the criminal courts and the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). He is also instructed to act in confiscation proceedings following conviction and has expertise in all issues arising under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 regime.

In 2019, Joe was appointed to the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (List B).
Joe also regularly advises The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in respect of complaints and regulatory action.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • LLB (Nottingham) Upper Second Class
  • MPhil (Birmingham) Playwriting Studies
  • BVC (City Law School) Outstanding
  • Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown

Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

Joe has considerable experience of dealing with cases concerning allegations of fraud. Building upon his early extensive experience of (civil) motor insurance fraud, Joe has had recent conduct of proceedings seeking committal for contempt of court following a wholly fraudulent claim seeking damages for personal injury (West Midlands Travel Ltd v Joseph-Allen (QBD)).Through his work for HMRC, Joe has developed considerable expertise in cases where detailed financial records are relied upon to substantiate allegations of fraud. His meticulous approach is well suited to complex and paper-heavy cases.

Joe has prosecuted and defended in cases involving fraudulent applications for state benefits, under both the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and the Fraud Act 2006. He has experience of social housing fraud, having been instructed in the first prosecution brought by Birmingham City Council relating to a fraudulent ‘Right to Buy’ application.

Joe is one of a small number of expert Counsel instructed nationally in cases focussing on the activities of ‘loan sharks,’ acting on instruction from the National Illegal Money Lending Team. These cases concern offences under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 / Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, together with money laundering offences.

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