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Junior barrister admits supplying drugs that killed teenage boyfriend at Temple party

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Strand Chambers’ Henry Hendron will be sentenced on 3 May

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A top junior barrister has admitted he supplied drugs at a party at which his 18 year-old boyfriend died.

Henry Hendron, 35, appeared in court earlier this month to deny six counts relating to drug offences. Represented by his brother, Richard Hendron, who is also a barrister, Henry initially denied two counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and two counts of possession of controlled drugs.

However today at the Old Bailey, Hendron — who, like his brother Richard, practises from Strand Chambers — plead guilty to two counts relating to possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Legal Cheek understands that no evidence was given in relation to the other counts against Hendron.

The criminal barrister — who charges £250 per consultation according to his personal website — was first arrested in January 2015, after his boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, was found dead at his Temple-based flat.

Hendron was initially bailed until March, allowing police to gather further information in relation to what had happened in the hours leading up to Jimenez’s death.The Telegraph reported at the time that a number of drugs were discovered at the barrister’s home address, and a subsequent toxicology analysis found that Jimenez had died of a drug overdose.

According to Court News UK, Hendron purchased £1,000 worth of designer drugs including Mephedrone, otherwise known as ‘meow meow’ from his co-accused Alexander Parkin. Parkin — who is a BBC executive producer — plead guilty to supplying a Class B and Class C drug earlier this month.

Hendron, who has represented a number of high-profile clients including Apprentice winner Stella English, the Earl of Cardigan and Nadine Dorries MP, will be sentenced on 3 May.

Previously:

Junior barrister on drugs charges represented by twin brother from same chambers [Legal Cheek]

Junior barrister appears in court over supplying drugs in heart of legal London [Legal Cheek]

60 Comments

Ellie

Incredibly sad, wish him all the best

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Anonymous

Quite the age differential

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Mumsie

Often the situation with homosexual relationships. More often than in heterosexual ones. Not making a judgment either way.

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Anonymous

At least he’s not Stephen Fry’s age.

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Daddy (62)

Do you have any evidence for that wild generalisation?

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Anonymous

Your dad and my brother

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Anonymous

I’m gay, and among most of my friends I doubt anybody would dispute that point about age differences. It’s pretty well-established, though why it’s the case I have no idea.

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Anonymous

I’m surprised his brother thought it appropriate to represent him.

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Anonymous

Intelligence clearly does not run in their family.

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A. Barrister

Hardly a top barrister because he represented a few famous people. You’ll find that most barristers will have a few celebs clients up the sleeve, but tend not to shout about it for the benefit of the client.

I’ve represented a premier league footballer, a retired High Court Judge and a TV celebrity within the past few years, but you won’t find them on my profile as the clients wouldn’t appreciate the world being reminded that they had been accused.

Discretion is the better part of valour!

(52)(1)

Hmmmm

I’m not sure Mr Hendron and discretion go together, given (a) the advertisement on the side of the bus stop by Willesden County Court, and (b) the tweets that got him in trouble at the start of Nigel Evans’s trial.

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Hmmmm

He’s had a bit of a busy day today! Pleads guilty to possession with intent to supply and then represents Suzanne Evans in her failed bid for an injunction against UKIP! He certainly deserves a stiff drink (or something stronger) tonight!

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Anonymous

In what world is it appropriate to plead guilty to a serious offence in the morning, possibly leading to a term of imprisonment, and then be representing a client in the afternoon?

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Anonymous

In suits?

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Katie's wannabe lover

Mayhaps the BSB need to issue a list of offences which result in a temporary revocation of your practicing certificate automatically upon conviction?

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Anonymous

It’s sad. However, it was the 18 yo choice to take the drugs.

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Kevin

Yes this is true he was not forced to take the drug, Henry is a good barrister

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Him wot knows stuff

Kevin is a close personal friend of Henry.

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Anonymous

I’m sure it won’t be long before he is disbarred. He’s a disgrace to the profession

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Anonymous

Because no one at the bar snorts a few hundred quid’s worth of snow white of a weekend, or because they are not so stupid as to get caught?

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Anonymous

There’s a big difference between snorting a line or two over the weekend and swimming in a mixture of semen and cocaine with 10 other people across an entire week.

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Anonymous

He is already due before the Bastards Board on an entirely unrelated matter relating to devilling fees – on the adjourned list at http://www.tbtas.org.uk/hearings/ , probably because this was pending. Charge sheet available there reads:

“One charge of professional misconduct under paragraph 406.1 and three charges of
professional misconduct under paragraph 404.2(b) of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England
and Wales (8th Edition) – Failing to pay fees received for work done by another barrister, to pay
that barrister, forthwith; Failing to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the affairs of his
chambers are conducted in a manner which is fair and equitable for all barristers and pupils.”

Coupled with this (and the Evans saga) I suspect his career is at an end.

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Anonymous

And his Chambers’ website seems to be down too. Perhaps just while his brother’s entry is updated to include “represented a client on charges of possession with intent to supply at the Central Criminal Court”?

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Proudboobs

“celebrity client”?

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Anonymous

No evidence was offered.
Not ‘given’
Get it right Legal Cheek.

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Anonymous

I think Hendron’s an idiot but let’s not forget this is really quite a sad story – one young man died and another young man stupidly threw away his career and future.

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Anonymous

Darwinism at its finest.

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Anonymous

That’s just mean…

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Anonymous

And wrong. After all, gays don’t pass down their genes.

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Lord Lyle of the Isles

Top junior. It’s getting worse. A top menial barrister next?

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Scouser of Counsel

I’m still in the top 11,000…

Just saying…

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Unpopular opinion puffin

Jan Moir is oddly silent at this time…

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Anonymous

This is rather unfair. Why is this possession with intent to supply? Because he was wealthy enough to afford a lot of it? I very much doubt he was supplying it to the 18 year old in exchange for cash.

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Anonymous

Hello Henry.

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Anonymous

Because he was going to supply it to someone perhaps? The clue is in the offence…

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Anonymous

As I understand it, if you have anything above a certain amount, it’s customary to be charged with intent to supply. If he was spending thousands of pounds on mephedrone and GHB — both cheap — it’s sensible to suppose he had rather a lot.

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Anonymous

You understand wrong.

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Anonymous

Where does the law say you have to supply in exchange for money? Or anything else for that matter. Supplying is supplying…

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Anonymous

OK, noted. Then the law needs to change. Well, drugs need to be completely decriminalized but baby steps and all that.

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Anonymous

According to the Court News UK website linked in the article, he bought the drugs “to sell on to revellers”. If that’s the case, the more serious intent to supply charge was more than warranted.

Sad for the chap who died of course, but presumably had Hendron flushed the gear and kept his gob shut he wouldn’t be in this position now.

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Anonymous

Because supply means handing over, it doesn’t require payment.

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Barry Stir

You do not need to take cash to supply – that is the law.

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Good riddance

I will be delighted to see the back of this fellow. How he got to the Bar I don’t know – thick as two short planks but confident with it. A serious case of Dunning-Kruger Syndrome. His brother got a pupillage at the tiny chambers of which he was then head. I very much doubt this was entirely coincidental. Then there’s the Nigel Evans episode, then there’s his ridiculous public posturing/advertising campaigns, and finally this. Clearly he has no judgement whatsoever. His demise is very much the Bar’s gain.

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"Barrister" is not a title prefix!

Barrister Hendron did not like your comment!

(7)(5)

"Barrister" is not a title!

Or that one, indeed!

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Mum

Junior Barrister Hendron “did not like your comment”. I’m guessing Miguel Jimenez’s family didn’t much like 35-year-old Hendron’s influence on their 18-year-old, either. Such a waste of a beautiful boy’s life.

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Anonymous

Dont be hateful and nasty it is not nice. He is a bit confident in your face, but I have been against H Hendron in Court and I would not call him thick at all; Lazy maybe.

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Henry's Uncle

Hi Henry!! Heard you on Radio 4’s Today Programme last week bleating on about ‘poor me’. You’re becoming quite the expert on chemsex now aren’t you? We’re all very proud of your fame.

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Cardigan Earl

This post has been removed because it breaches Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Shyster

I agree wholeheartedly with the above. How did he get to his mid-30s and still not learn from his catalogue of foolish mistakes. He loves celebrity, is narcissistic in the extreme and he and his brother are attention-seeking missiles who have finally hoisted themselves by their own petards. Hope the dailies do a hatchet job in them both, their tenure in the law has finally run its course.

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Him wot knows stuff

Barrister Brothers Hendron did not like your comment!

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Rastafarian Targaryen

I think we could infer from his behaviour that he has some form of psychopathy, which is fairly common in law (and business and medicine), particularly if they are ‘high achievers’.

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Anonymous

I too find his over-confidence strangely at odds with his poor IQ. Even with these not inconsiderable knock-backs, he reverts like a 6-headed hydra with the catchphrase “business as usual”. Definitely a case of Dunning-Kruger syndrome, but how did he get to the level of junior barrister? Surely someone out there knows.

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Him wot knows stuff

Nope. Got me there!

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Rent-a-quote

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (Shakespeare)

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” (Darwin)

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Pedant.

The Code of Conduct at 709.2(d) is quite clear that barristers should not publish success rates.

Barrister Hendron’s website says he has a 95% success rate in injunctions.

Am I missing something? Does the Code of Conduct only apply to “ordinary” barristers rather than “special” barristers?

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...

I’m fairly sure my set of chambers has a 100% success rate in cases in which we’ve been against Henry Hendron. Perhaps we should publish that statistic on our website.

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Anonymous

The BSB seems to have a part heard tribunal case against Henry Hendron alleging:

One charge of professional misconduct under paragraph 406.1 and three charges of professional misconduct under paragraph 404.2(b) of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales (8th Edition)

Failing to pay fees received for work done by another barrister, to pay
that barrister, forthwith; Failing to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the affairs of his chambers are conducted in a manner which is fair and equitable for all barristers and pupils

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Fairy Nough

The judge in the Nigel Evans case reported Henry Hendron to Attorney General Dominic Grieve for tweeting about the 2014 trial, stating : “This is a prima facie contempt of court and it could influence jurors too. This is a very serious contempt.” The A-G didn’t issue proceedings. Since then, Hendron’s been clocking up quite a few misdemeanours; isn’t it now time for the BSB (at least) to clamp down over his professional misconduct?

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Prisoner Cell Block H

I did 8 years in Belmarsh for less than that!! Straitened out me misdemeanors tho, not gonna lie.

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