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Hendron v Hendron: ‘Drug addict’ barrister evicted from lawyer twin’s Covent Garden flat after High Court injunction battle

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Richard also ‘sacked’ Henry from his law firm after finding ‘quantity of drugs in the office’

Henry Hendron (left) and Richard Hendron (right)

Two barrister brothers have clashed in the High Court over an apartment in London’s trendy Covent Garden.

Henry Hendron (pictured top left), former tenant of Strand Chambers, hit headlines in January 2015 after his boyfriend was found dead at his Temple-based flat. It later transpired that his boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, who was just 18 at the time, had died from a drugs overdose. There was no evidence to suggest that the drugs that resulted in his death were supplied by Hendron.

Junior barrister Henry — who has represented high-profile clients including the Earl of Cardigan, MP Nadine Dorries and The Apprentice winner Stella English — pleaded guilty to two counts relating to possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. In May, appearing at the Old Bailey, he was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work and given an 18-month supervision order.

But it would appear his legal problems were far from over. According to the Mail Online, Henry has, until recently, been locked in a bitter High Court injunction dispute with his barrister bro Richard.

Appearing before Mr Justice Ouseley, Richard Hendron (pictured top right) — who had briefly represented Henry during his drug case — explained how he had invited Henry to stay at his rented Covent Garden pad following his brush with the law. Keen to see his sibling get back on his feet, Richard told the court that he had given Henry some work at his legal firm, but “sacked him” after allegedly discovering a “quantity of drugs in the office”. He branded Henry a “drug addict”.

When Richard told his brother that he would have to leave the flat due to the landlord terminating the lease, Henry didn’t take the news well, refusing to hand over the keys or let Richard access the property, the court heard. Henry — perhaps using his legal skills — even managed to obtain an emergency injunction, preventing his brother and the estate agents from removing him from the Central London property. Richard claimed that it later emerged his brother had access to another property and was renting out the flat on Airbnb.

Discharging the injunction, Mr Justice Ouseley concluded that Henry, who wasn’t in attendance at the hearing, had “no licence or tenancy” in relation to the flat. Continuing, he said:

I have not heard from Henry Hendron and that is his fault… The balance of convenience favours me allowing the landlord to get on with letting the property rather than allowing the trespasser to remain there.

Henry was also banned from making any further applications without prior notice to the court and ordered him to file an affidavit and statement of truth revealing what he told the judge on the phone in order to obtain the original injunction.

In April, following his conviction for drug offences, Henry was suspended from practice for three years by an independent disciplinary tribunal. Speaking at the time, the Bar Standards Board’s director of professional conduct, Sara Jagger, said:

A conviction for supplying illegal drugs is a serious matter. In this case, it had tragic consequences. Mr Hendron failed to meet one of the core duties of a barrister, which is to uphold public trust and confidence. The suspension imposed by the tribunal reflects this.

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25 Comments

Anonymous

There’s the plot of the English version of Suits wrapped up in all this.

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Anonymous

Pair of wise prankers.

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Anonymous

Parents must be proud.

What a pair of nutters.

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Anonymous

Don’t understand what Richard Hendron has done to be branded a “nutter”……… He seems to be the innocent party in all this ….

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Anonymous

Hi Richard

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Anonymous

Get lost, Henry.

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Anonymous

Why on earth are they both nutters? He let his brother stay with him to get back on his feet. That makes him a nutter?

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H.H.

Barrister Hendron has left the building…

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CPR Pedant

I’d venture to say that’s meant to be without notice to Richard Hendron, not the court. It’s quite difficult to make applications without notifying the court, as you usually have to tell somebody (not least the judge) who you are and what it is you want. The days of judges just handing down a signed and sealed general form of order for the anonymous litigant or counsel to fill in as they please and lodge with the court to be perfected are, sadly, behind us. Even in the provinces.

In an equally pedantic vein, you can’t actually file a statement of truth. A statement of truth is the bit at the end of a witness statement (or statement of case) confirming that the statement it is true. In any event, affidavits don’t bear statements of truth. They are sworn and, accordingly, end with a jurat.

Conclusion: must work harder on Civil Procedure.

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Anonymous

While there is a temptation to mock, true drug addiction is horrible. If you have ever encountered a loved one hooked on drugs it is dreadful.

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Anonymous

Don’t take drugs if you don’t want to get addicted.

These were supposedly bright, educated young men.

HH should have known better.

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Anonymous

Written by someone who knows nothing about how devastating addiction can be. Would you say this to a casual drinker who later became an alcoholic?

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Anonymous

I’ve never met a “casual class A drug user”, so I wouldn’t know.

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Anonymous

Are you implying that they don’t exist?!

Anonymous

what does it mean by henry being a “criminal law specialist”?

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sosr

He specialises in criminal law.

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Anonymous

“Specialist” is generous. “Dabbler” is better

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Latvka Da blitz

Hey Doc.

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Doc. Heinrich Litevsky

Yea. Spotted it Latvka. Cheers.

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HH suporter

HH is not a criminal practitioner at all. He does mainly family and civil law. RH is on the other hand someone who does criminal law.

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Anonymous

Reminds me of that film, ‘Dead Ringers,’for some reason.

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HH supporters

People in glass houses comes to mind looking at all the comments

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A Client

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Mike

Henry Hendron was to represent me the day after he was struck off, this was no coincidence. Brother Richard took over the matter and represented me at a later hearing. This was a shambles for various reasons, I am sure it would not have happened had Henry been there.

It seems a terrible shame that he had to be punished twice, but in the cold light of day he had his enemies, mainly as a result of his court room skills.

I hope he has the skills to get his life back together, now that he has felt the pain of the other side it will make him a better person and a better lawyer.

Let’s face it most lawyers have not experienced real life, its so easy to criticise when you are so whiter than white.

Come on Henry pull your self together.

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Angus McCoat-up

What really pisses me off is that HH gets a 3-year suspension that is BACK-DATED to May 2016, meaning he can apply for his practising certificate as early as May 2019. That’s no punishment at all considering this chap has been in and out of trouble with the BSB for many years (drink-driving being one of the offences). What makes it doubly galling is that this serial offender has been doing legal work for his brother’s firm since his brush with the law in May 2016 yet the 3-year suspension covers that time period. The guy is getting away with murder simply because he’s a hard-faced sociopath.

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