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Chemsex junior barrister opens up about boyfriend’s death and his suspension from legal profession

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Henry Hendron admits he turned to drugs to escape the pressure of his legal career

A junior barrister who has been suspended from practice after supplying the drugs that killed his teenage boyfriend has spoken about his tragic fall from grace.

Henry Hendron was a rookie barrister who gained a name for himself for unconventionally advertising his services on bus stops and newspaper classified sections.

But everything changed in January 2015 when his 18-year-old boyfriend died after the pair spent an evening taking ‘chemsex’ drugs at Hendron’s flat in the Temple area in the heart of legal London.

Hendron, now 36, subsequently admitted possession of Class B drug methedrone and Class C drug Gamma-butyrolactone with intent to supply. He was spared jail and handed a community order, with 18 months’ supervision and 140 hours’ unpaid work.

In April this year, the Bar Standards Board opted not to strike Hendron off, instead suspending him from practising for three years.

Since then Hendron has been quiet, other than a tweet last month in which he suggested he was set to launch something called ‘legally equal’.

Yesterday he went public in an interview with Gay Star News which also features on YouTube (below).

In it, Hendron reveals he turned to drugs “to help escape the pressure of his demanding legal career”. He then documents in detail how he woke up to find partner Miguel Jimenez not breathing in bed alongside him having passed away during the night.

After his arrest, with his diary empty of work, Hendron recalls he went on “the biggest drugs binge I’ve ever been on” and “ended up in hospital several times and almost died on two occasions”.

Hendron continues:

I lost my career, or I was at the point of losing it, I lost the person that I really loved in my life, I lost several hundred of thousands of pounds of money because of this, and I lost the opportunity to do better things. For what? For some artificial high?

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36 Comments

Jones Day partner

Combining sex with much younger people and loads of drugs can get you in trouble?

Well that’s ruined the Xmas party.

Mike

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Anonymous

I loved that clip of iron mike when I first saw it too (back in the 90s)

Anonymous

Bloke seems a right chancer…

Anonymous

This is the young man who wrote a court side blog about some prominent witnesses in the trial of an MP which, if I recall, related to some sort of gay sex assault. He was disparaging about them – kamikaze style, it has to be said -and all hell broke loose because the blog was brought to the judge’s attention.
I suspect the pressure of all hell breaking loose got to him. If he has pushed himself back into legal practice after all that, good luck to him. Trial and error makes you clever.

"Chemsex junior barrister opens up"

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Anonymous

Best comment

Anonymous

Could you imagine the same bounce-back if it had been an 18 year old woman who had died beside a then-34 year old?

Trumpenkrieg

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Anonymous

Is he back at the Bar?

Anonymous

Did Henry Hendron ever actually stop talking about his tragic fall from grace?

Anonymous

Talk about damage control!

Privilege

Anonymous

Did you blood test him? Seriously- look at him.

Anonymous

What a horrible thing to say.

Anonymous

He should have been disbarred.

Also, this continual “woe is me” stuff is grating. He went on R4 before sentencing to present himself as some sort of poor unfortunate. Admits he was going to sell to friends etc, should be disbarred at the very least.

Trumpenkrieg

He looks exactly like what you would expect a heroin addict from the outskirts of Moscow who makes a living in gay-for-pay porn to look like.

Anonymous

he looks sunburned and shiny. also, there is a bedraggled tea towel in the background.

Anonymous

Do we all feel sorry for him?

This is just the continuing story of a disbarment waiting to happen.

Anonymous

Yet more self serving nonsense from HH. He has played the game so well to avoid the custodial sentence he deserved. He is an arch media manipulator and LC merely provides this ultimate self publicist with a platform. He should have been disbarred.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Alex, you seem to have a lot of interest in him.

Should your missus be concerned?

Anonymous

It doesn’t look like he ever had much of a career at the bar. At a dead end set of chambers and doing little bits of everything at the bottom end of the profession. Not sure why he thinks he lost hundreds of thousands of pounds – I doubt this chap was earning much above NMW.

He should move on to a more suited career.

Anonymous

CHL LAW LIMITED

*cough*

Anonymous

Nice to know he is very contrite at the sad loss of a young person and it isn’t all about him.

zan

He was harming himself and he faces the consequences. He was/is an addict which is a disease. He should not be disbarred unless you disbar everyone who has ever taken anything or smoked a joint. He was not acting dishonestly, he confessed. He just happened to become an addict. People react differently biologically to drugs just the same as with food or any other chemicals which cause neuro stimulation. He was a selfish fool.

zan

Am I alone in feeling an ever deepening unease at how he seems to almost enjoy these regular raconteur media moments?

Anonymous

If current “celebrity” culture is anything to go by, he’ll have his own reality show within 5 years…

Benevolent Old School B*****d Ba**ister!

Strike me down with a thunderbolt, but it is as true as it ever were, “make a working class boy rich and he will sell himself to the devil”.

Apologies in advance.

Anonymous

He’s not working class.

He’s from a privileged, moneyed background.

Anonymous

I am his benevolent neighbour.

He doesn’t own anything apart from what he stands in.

So please be kind to him.

Anonymous

Rightly so. Considering in the background there is a black moor goldfish in less than a 10 Gallon tank. Torture!

Anonymous

me me me me me me sorry this is not good, self serving and legal cheek falls for it. staggering. joke barrister. damaging the profession and not giving a damn, thank f**k no one is describing him as a top barrister now.

Benevolent Old School

Let this silly rubbish be a lesson to you all aspirants.

I was 49 before I could sustain myself.

Long, hard years of drudgery.

But I do not regret even a minute of my legal career….

….well apart from having to wear a silly helmet!

Come on men & women of the profession, let’s keep it right for at least one more generation.

Some have to to attend my funeral.

SvHHR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22oy8dFjqc

Stop the hate.

Henry & Richard just need a hug.

SvHHR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPgOO-nFwas

Stop the hurt, break the cycle.

Not the Droid you are looking for

Henry strikes me as another Lord Harley, but with a lot more media savvy.

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