17th February 2012
We are very sorry to report the death of Trevor Millington OBE, a highly regarded specialist in the areas of restraint and confiscation of the proceeds of crime.
Trevor joined 3PB in December 2011 after a long and distinguished career in the GLS. Originally specialising in the most complex drug trafficking and excise fraud cases as a specialist prosecutor at HMRC, he was asked in 1989 to set up a specialist asset forfeiture section. From that point he specialised exclusively in the law relating to the restraint and confiscation of the proceeds of crime. In 1994 he was seconded to Gibraltar to set up the legislative framework for restraint and confiscation in that jurisdiction. In 2005 he transferred to the newly created RCPO, where he led the Customs legal team at the multi-disciplinary Enforcement Task Force, a Customs/CPS joint venture responsible for enforcing confiscation orders. Following the RCPO/CPS merger in 2010, Trevor undertook asset forfeiture work within the Proceeds of Crime Unit at the CPS.
Generally recognised as a leading expert in asset forfeiture, Trevor was in high demand as a lecturer and co-authored one of the leading textbooks, “The Proceeds of Crime: Law and Practice of Restraint, Confiscation, Condemnation and Forfeiture”, with Mark Sutherland Williams.
Trevor was a founder member and committee member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, the International Association for Asset Recovery, the Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association, Transparency International and the Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Society for Advanced Legal Studies. Trevor was made an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2008 Birthday Honours List in recognition of his tireless work and boundless enthusiasm for his chosen area of law.
Trevor's sudden and unexpected death came just a few months into his second career as a barrister in private practice. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague and send our condolences to his family and to his many friends. Tributes to Trevor have already begun to pour in and we expect to receive many more as the news spreads. He will be greatly missed.