Junior barrister appears in court over supplying drugs in heart of legal London

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By Thomas Connelly on

Strand Chambers’ Henry Hendron was arrested earlier this year after boyfriend died of drug overdose at his Temple flat


A top junior barrister has appeared in court over allegations he supplied ‘meow meow’ and ‘GHB’ following the death of his 18 year-old boyfriend at his Temple flat.

Henry Hendron — who is currently a tenant at London’s Strand Chambers, a small civil law set — appeared at the City of London Magistrates’ Court yesterday, alongside co-defendant Alexander Parkin.

Hendron, 35, faces charges of possession with intent to supply drugs, two charges for drug possession and two charges of conspiracy to supply a Class B drug.

Arriving at court wearing his Middle Temple tie, Hendron — who was called to the bar in 2006 — spoke only to confirm his name and address.

The latest development comes after Hendron’s arrest almost a year ago, following the sudden death of boyfriend Miguel Jimenez at his Temple flat, just a stone’s throw from his chambers. A subsequent toxicology analysis found that Jimenez had died of a drug overdose.

According to The Telegraph, prosecuting lawyer Nathan Miebai told the court yesterday:

The defendant, Mr Hendron, and his partner Mr Jimenez were present at their flat on the evening of January 19 through to January 20, 2015. Mr Jimenez was found unresponsive by Mr Hendron on January 20. There has been a toxicology analysis which found that Mr Jimenez died of a drug overdose.

The Telegraph reported that a number of drugs were subsequently found at the barrister’s address. They were later identified as ‘meow meow’, the street name given to mephedrone and GHB, which has sedative and anaesthetic effects.

Continuing is chronology of events leading up to Hendron’s court appearance, Miebai went on:

On further analysis of Mr Hendron’s phone there appears to be text messages between Mr Hendron and Mr Jimenez in relation to the drugs that were found at the property. The drugs were supplied to Mr Hendron by the co-defendant Mr Parkin.

Hendron — who charges £250 per consultation according to his personal website — has represented a number of high profile clients in the past. Former Apprentice winner Stella English, the Earl of Cardigan and Nadine Dorries MP are just a few that have turned to Hendron for his legal expertise.

However, back in 2014 Hendron was fined £2,000 by the Bar Standards Board for blogging during the trial of former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans MP.

Neither Hendron or his co-accused entered a plea and were both released on unconditional bail. They will next appear at the Old Bailey on 4 February.

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