Joseph Millington Regulatory

Call: 2009


Joseph completed a predominantly civil and chancery pupillage at St Philips Chambers in 2011. Since then, he has developed a growing reputation in the fields of regulatory crime, Government litigation and civil fraud.

In November 2015, Joseph was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. He hopes to continue to develop his experience in VAT and Customs and Excise matters. This has already included frequent appearances in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Tax Tribunal, as well as being instructed by HMRC as led junior in a Fleming appeal in both the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals, and two large MTIC appeals.

Joseph is regularly instructed by a number of local authorities to prosecute a wide variety of offences including fraud, trading standards and consumer protection, food safety, and protection from eviction. He also provides representation and advice relating to licensing matters, and has particular expertise in the field of the licensing of houses in multiple occupation. Joseph is often involved at the pre-charge stage, advising on potential offences and providing all necessary assistance thereafter.

Building upon his previous experience as a paralegal in the motor fraud department of an industry leading insurance litigation firm, Joseph is frequently instructed to represent the interests of defendant insurance companies in claims involving allegations of fraud.

Joseph’s particular interest in, and experience of, fraud across all of his practice areas resulted in an invitation to speak at the Midlands Fraud Forum in 2015. He is happy to accept instructions in matters involving allegations of fraud in any context.

Joseph graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 with a degree in law. He obtained a Master of Philosophy in Playwriting Studies at the University of Birmingham before completing the BVC at the City Law School, London. He was awarded an Inner Temple Exhibition for his BVC year.

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




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Joseph has prosecuted numerous individuals for ‘fly-tipping’ and related environmental offences.

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Inquests & Coronial

Joseph has appeared at Inquests to represent the interests of companies and individuals in the context of workplace fatalities and road traffic accidents.

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Joseph has detailed knowledge of the licensing of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, and regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court acting for local authorities responding to appeals from aggrieved persons. He has particular expertise relating to the licensing of houses in multiple occupation, including the prosecution of offences under the Housing Act 2004 and The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. Joseph has delivered training to officers and lawyers in this field.

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Trading Standards, Consumer Protection & Food Safety

Joseph receives significant instructions from local authorities across this field. He has been instructed to prosecute offences relating to counterfeit goods, improperly hallmarked jewellery, rogue builders, food hygiene, unlawful eviction, and the sale of unsafe cosmetics and toys. Notable cases have involved the fraudulent sale of meat falsely labelled as ‘Halal,’ the marketing of large quantities of fake sportswear, the advertising of fraudulent holiday schemes, and, recently, the on-line sale of illegal computer modification chips under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. Joseph is also instructed on behalf of the National Illegal Money Lending Team, prosecuting ‘loan sharks’ running unlicensed/unauthorised loan businesses, often with associated money laundering offences.

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VAT & Excise

In 2012, Joseph was led junior, instructed by HMRC, in an historic ‘Fleming’ appeal brought by an international motor vehicle manufacturer. The appeal of the First-Tier Tribunal’s decision was subsequently considered in the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery) in Revenue and Customs Commissioners –v- General Motors (UK) Ltd [2015] UKUT 605 (TCC).

Throughout 2014, Joseph was led junior acting on behalf of HMRC in two large MTIC cases (see Imenex UK Ltd –v- Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] UKFTT 102 (TC)). Following the hearing of the substantive appeal in Changtel Solutions UK Limited (formerly Enta Technologies Limited) –v- HMRC in the First-Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Joseph remains instructed in related hardship and penalty appeal litigation.

Joseph was appointed to the Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in November 2015. In addition to the above mentioned cases, he has already gained experience of Customs and Excise matters, including condemnation and non-restoration, in both the Magistrates’ Court and Tribunal, with cases concerning alcohol, tobacco, gold and imported animal products. Joseph has recently been instructed to act on behalf of HMRC in further MTIC litigation, and an appeal concerning the interpretation of the exemption of certain charitable activities from VAT.

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