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Reprimand for barrister and former UKIP activist who failed to turn up at court

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Richard Hendron put an ‘ill-prepared second-six pupil’ in his place

A barrister and former UKIP activist has been reprimanded after failing to turn up in court.

Richard Hendron, 38, was sanctioned by a bar disciplinary tribunal for not attending a hearing in which he was due to represent a public access client.

A Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) panel said that Hendron had “failed to observe his duty to court”.

The decision, which is open to appeal, concerned a hearing that was scheduled for 7 June 2016. According to the tribunal, Hendron “failed to attend the hearing and failed to arrange alternative representation for D”, his client.

Instead, Hendron asked a first-six pupil to find someone else to cover the hearing. This “resulted in an ill-equipped, and ill-prepared second-six pupil attempting to represent D”. The hearing had to be adjourned to a later date.

The panel found that Hendron had flunked various regulatory duties, including that he “failed to act in the best interests of his client” and “failed to provide a competent standard of work and service”.

The result was a reprimand, which is fairly low on the scale of possible punishments. It’s more serious than “advice as to future conduct” but below a fine, suspension, order for practice conditions or disbarment.

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BTAS guidance says that “A reprimand is appropriate in cases where the breach of the Handbook is at the lower end of the professional misconduct scale and there is no continuing risk to the public but the decision maker wishes to indicate formally that the behaviour is unacceptable and should not occur again”.

Hendron had been an active member of UKIP but quit the party in 2016 over the selection of a “homophobic” candidate.

He is the twin brother of Henry Hendron, who has also been on the regulator’s radar.

Henry Hendron recently returned to legal practice following a three-year suspension prompted by his conviction for “chemsex” drug offences. The offence came to light after Henry’s boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, was found dead with drugs in his system.

Since then, Henry Hendron has been suspended from practice again, this time a three-month ban for failing to pay compensation ordered by the Legal Ombudsman.

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27 Comments

John Curran

What is with the Hendron barristers?

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Anon

The corollary is more illuminating: what isn’t with them?

Common sense, to start.

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Anonymous

Entitled tw@ts? Brexit supporting barristers tend to fall solidly within that description.

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Mr Pooey Bum QC

I’ve always found that the entitled ones are the upper middle class champagne socialist types that make up >95% of the profession.

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Roberta

Too true. We all know it is the case. ‘Liberal elite’…

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Miss Katrina Parksy-Balls junior bag-carrier barrister

Good to see you back, Pooey.

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Anonnn

Did his pupillage at the same chambers run by Henry. Go on, check.

The ‘profession’ is a shambles.

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Anon

To be fair, it is more the Hendron brothers that are a shambles.

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Anon

If Henry was called up by the BSB for the pupillage situation first, Richard would never have been representing a paying client.

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Just Anonymous

Why on earth would you ask a first six pupil to undertake the task of finding alternative representation?

Why not ask a clerk to do it?

That’s the sort of mess clerks are there to sort out.

That’s the sort of mess they’re very good at sorting out!

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Anonymous

Seriously why has this comment not been removed????

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Legal Officer with a 2.ii

In between stints in tabloid journalism, Richard seems to spend the majority of his time sailing and kayaking.

Of course, there are YouTube videos to go with it –

https://youtu.be/rfTR1l8oGXk

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Anonymous

How could a 2nd 6 pupil be authorised to take on public access work in the first place?

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Frank Sidebottom

Like a less handsome and potentially negligent Jedwood.

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Archibald Pomp O'City

“Sidebottom” hahahaha!!!!

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Henry

If memory serves, Richard was doing very well in the police but that ended badly also!

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Anonymous

The bigger question is why on earth it took three years for this to dealt with? What a joke our regulatory bodies are.

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Homerty of Counsel

It astonishes me (as a humble “nobody” criminal barrister who is just getting by with a regular stream of work and no complaints ever) that these two seem to be so successful in spite of the negative publicity.

Maybe private clients prefer bad boys?

Discuss.

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I’m serious

What does “getting by” mean (in specific numerical value). I want to do criminal law (and move out of commercial) but am I going to have to catch the bus everywhere?

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Anon

Serious answer. With a regular Crown Court practice you will clear 6 figures. But. 80% of cases never go beyond the police station. Of those that do only 20% of cases go to the Crown Court. If you do the maths on that, by being a barrister you are removing youself from basicaly 98% of all the criminal work that exists. So to have a Crown Court practice you will need about 15 solicitors sending you all their work. It will take you years to build that up (however good you may be). Until then you will be in the Magistrates Court. Here is the problem. Lower crime rates have been frozen and cut so much that they are now back to 1978 levels. When I qualified a Mags remand paid about £150 in todays money. So as a pupil or junior tennant pootling around the Mags you’d make about £40k in todays money. Not a fortune but more than enough to live on. Today you would make about £15k a year. Problem is you just won’t last long enough to build up a Crown Court practice.

Advice. Get PSQ Qualified! If you have done the LPC or BVC you are excempt from the Acedmic Stage. Not a lot of people seem to know this, given the complaints that the LPC and BVC are useless without pupillage or a training contract. Well they are useful for this at least! As you are exempt you just have to do the portfolio (go and obseve a Duty Solicitor on 9 attendances and write them up – submit to Cardif and you are PSQ Accedited).

Going rate is £100 per attendance and on an 8 hour rota you’ll do 2-3 cases so it works out at about £250 a day. Depends how much you are prepared to work. I know a couple of police station reps who make £100k plus (but they work literally every day and night). But taking it easy working 15 days a month you’d make about £40k.

Doing the PSQ will also introducte you to firms and gain you good experience whilst making at least liveable money.

Next. If you qualify as a barrister or solicitor do the MCQ. This involves you doing 25 Mags hearings. The pay is shit as you’ll get £50 per hearing, but it gets you Duty Qualified.

Then. Assign your slot to a firm. You will have to do 14 hours of contract work a week. But as travel time counts you will basically comply by doing 4 to 5 days a month.

It amazes my that junior lawyers do not do this and then post saying they have no money. Crime isn’t a gravey train. But provided you are prepared to do the PSQ and MCQ you will make £50k to £100k depending on how much you are prepared to do out of hours police station attendances.

It costs £500 to register with Cardif for the PSQ (tiny compared to what you spent on the LPC) and you can use your LPC to get yourself PSQ accedited.

It’s not all doom and gloom. You can use your qualification to make at least £50k just doing police station attendances. If you don’t get PSQ accedited then don’t even think of doing crime. If you can’t do police stations (80% of any defence firm’s work) then you are not going to earn much.

Link to Cardif Course is below. Please some of you use it. It saddens me the number of junior criminal bods who post saying they have no money who could be on perfectly decent incomes if they just did this course!

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/law-politics/courses/law/professional-programmes/police-station-accreditation

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Anonymous

A very interesting and helpful contribution, though it saddens me that information like this is not passed on to the pupillage-less masses.

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Future crim pupil

How much of this advice applies to those with criminal pupillage but who are also worried about their future/potential income?

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Anon

Well all of it. If you are a pupil going to the Mags 3-4 days a week anyway, then why not write them up and get the MCQ? You will be MCQ accedited at the end of your pupillage. On this, you have an advantage over solicitors as they cannot start the MCQ until the end of their training contract. The significance of this is that on the last day of your pupillage you will be Duty Accreditaed and awarded a slot.

Let me put it this way. As a mid-sized criminal firm over the weekend we brifed 7 police stations. Monday we brifed 5 more and one PTPH. The police station reps we instructed made £1,300. The junior barrister we instructed made £125.

As a firm (and this is typical) we have about 75 police stations (£7,500k) a month which we brief out. Almost all of our Mags will be covered internally because of the Standard Criminal Contract requirements. In a month we might brief out a couple of Mags remands and a summary trial (£175). If the only junior work you are prepared to do is the Mags, then that is something of a tactical mistake.

Anon

As he couldn’t afford to repay a client £800 even when ordered to do so by the LSO, I think you can safely safe Henry is not doing too well.

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N. Evans

The Hendron brothers are the best. Leave them alone.

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Anon

@ Future crim pupil

Fair comment from all that this is not widley known and it should be.

This goes for anyone who has done the LPC or BVC but does not have a pupillage or training contract and is interested in gaining some paid experience to boost your CV and even if it doesn’t at least gains you a better income than doing paralegal work.

As soon as you finish the LPC or BVC spend £200 to register with Cardiff. Ring round your local criminal firms and ask if someone will supervise you through Part A and B of the PSQ. All duty solicitors have to do a minimum of 2 police station attendances a month for our own compliance. It isn’t therefore any skin off our noses to have a student follow us, so most of us will agree to do it if you ask as it costs us nothing. Give up a couple of Friday nights into Saturday mornings shadowing a DS and you will have PSQ Part A completed in a month or so. It costs you nothing except you bus fare.

You now hold a provisional PIN. Do Part B. You do 5 police stations on your own and write them up. You are paid £100 for each Part B you do. Even if you do not have pupillage or a training contract you are now an accredited police station representative.

I can’t speak for Chambers, but for solicitors firms having the PSQ is a major advantage when applying for training contracts. Even if you never get a training contract or pupillage, you are at least doing interesting work and being paying a decent fee. If you are applying for pupillage, I’d have thought your answer to the give an example when you have dealt with a difficult situation in a Chambers interview may be rather better as “Well, since I finished Bar School I’ve been working as a police station representative for 5 different firms and over the last year and I’ve represented over 100 clients for them. The most difficult was a mentally ill / withdrawing from drugs / violent client where I had to deal with X, Y and Z.” Working as a police station rep will give you more impressive answers in interview at the very least.

If you are applying for training contracts with a criminal firm, then you would be crazy not to have done the PSQ. As a non-PSQ qualified trainee you are of no commercial value to the firm as you are not qualified to do 80% of the firm’s work. If you have the PSQ you have a massive advantage over those who do not.

As a First Six Pupil do the PSQ. Do the MCQ in your second six.

What would you rather be doing as a junior lawyer?

Going to Court for your clerks on a £50 remand, out of court by 11.30 and the spending the rest of the day posting on social media that you only make £10k a year. Or being a duty accredited junior lawyer, doing a £50 remand in the morning, out of court by 11.30 and doing a couple of police stations in the afternoon / evening and making £300 a day.

You are all crazy if you don’t do the PSQ!

If you have a Pupillage spend a couple of weekends with a duty solicitor during your first six to get the PSQ. In second six, write up the Mags you do to get the MCQ. At the end of your pupillage you will then hold a duty slot. That will give you an income of £2k a month on top of your income as a barrister. There is a world of difference between making £1,200 a month on chambers work, which is what you will do as a pupil and £1,200 plus the income from your duty slot.

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Anonymous

This is the sort of information the Inns should be providing to students and pupils.

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