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Henry Hendron avoids disbarment — again

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Scandal-hit barrister reprimanded for continuing to work during suspension over drug offences

Henry Hendron

A controversial barrister who continued to practise while suspended for drug offences has avoided disbarment.

Henry Hendron faced a total of 18 charges in relation to his professional conduct during the three-year suspension he received in 2017. This came following his conviction in 2016 for possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply a year earlier.

Last week a Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) panel found Hendron had failed to remove an advertisement for his legal services on a website, even after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) requested him to do so.

The 40-year-old also held himself out as barrister by performing a reserved legal activity by serving a notice of acting to a firm of solicitors, and signing off emails “barrister — non practising”, CourtNewsUK (£) reports.

Further, the tribunal found Hendron had used threatening and/or inappropriate language in emails to a client.

Hendron was reprimanded and prohibited from undertaking public access work for two years, according to a finding published on the BTAS website, after a tribunal found nine of the charges against him proven. He must also attend a training course before resuming public access work.

In light of Hendron’s bankruptcy, the panel found that any financial sanction would be “ineffective”.

Addressing the messages at an earlier hearing, Hendron said he threatened the client after a High Court case was settled and he feared he would not be paid. The tribunal heard how email subjects to the client included “don’t screw your lawyers” and “you have been warned”, which Hendron justified as “putting in stern language”.

Although not sorry for sending the emails, Hendron accepted that “perhaps there’s a pattern here where I act, do or say things without considering the impact of whatever it is I may be doing from time to time”.

Further allegations include appearing before a High Court judge while suspended and failing to inform a client of his recent criminal conviction were not proven, the report states.

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In response to the tribunal’s decision, Hendron told Legal Cheek: “I am now in the process of taking stock and evaluating all personal and professional aspects of my life so that I can truly bring about the changes in all the aspects of my life which the tribunal identified as concerns.”

He continued:

“I intend to go somewhere sunny for a few weeks to gather my thoughts and recharge my batteries and then on my return to commence building back and building strong my legal practice in London (of which I have not been able to do while I have had BSB proceedings hang over me).”

Harini Iyengar, for the BSB, commented: “There are significant factors in terms of aggravating features found in the guidance. On the BSB’s submission Mr Hendron has shown a lack of insight into his own conduct and a lack of remorse for the misconduct the panel found proved. An important question for this panel to ask is: what is the extent to which Hendron is capable of learning from his mistakes as a professional, given the history and sequence of events in his practice?”

She added: “There is also the importance of the protection of the public and the reputation of the profession. One might have thought that someone who had been suspended would have taken all their professional obligations seriously at this stage.”

Hendron was arrested in early 2015 after his then-boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, was found dead with drugs in his system. He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance — ‘chemsex’ drugs mephedrone and gamma-butyrolactone — with intent to supply and was handed a community order with 18 months supervision and 140 hours unpaid work.

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31 Comments

Anonnn

I feel so sorry for every Bar applicant who can’t get pupillage and wouldn’t go anywhere near drugs.

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Anonymous

The ChemSex strikes again!

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Anonymous

Seriously, what does he know…?

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CrimBo

More like “who does he know”?

He’s bankrupt yet can afford a few weeks in the sun?

I’ve been in practice longer than him and never had a complaint to the BSB but can’t afford a wet weekend in Skegness!

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Martin

Long past time to end this sad saga.

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Woah

Sending e-mails to your clients saying “don’t screw your lawyers” and “you have been warned”??

Bloody hell.

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Anonymous

But I got struck off for being a top class advocate who did no wrong.

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Scep Tick

BSB: unfit for purpose. There’s no way this person should be anywhere near the Bar. If the BSB can’t see he is a disgrace to the profession, then the BSB is also a disgrace to the profession.

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Archibald Pomp O'City

“If the BSB can’t see he is a disgrace to the profession, then the BSB is also a disgrace to the profession.”

Such silly reasoning. Notwithstanding that it is predicated on your own personal judgement, one bad decision does not invalidate an institution.

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Annnnnnon

Also the BSB keeps taking him to tribunal… It’s the BTAS panels that won’t disbar him…!

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Anon

Please stop rehashing old articles from other publications and concentrate on updating your Most Lists so they are accurate and comprehensive

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Anonymous

What a lad

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The Rememberall

Is this the chap who used to use “Barrister” like it’s a title?

I seem to remember seeing adverts on bus stops in Harrow for “Barrister Hendron”…

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WAT

This man’s career is invincible.

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The Rememberall

Also, I thought bankrupts weren’t allowed to practice at the Bar? Is this no longer the case?

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Anonymous

As per the BSB: “Entering into an IVA or being subject to a bankruptcy order is not in itself a disciplinary offence or a bar to practising; however, failure to promptly report these circumstances to us, or failure to keep the us updated after reporting, may give rise to disciplinary proceedings.”

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Anonymous

Whom does Ms Iyengar wish for him to show remorse to?

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Criminal barrister 101

Well he is clearly doing something right; though unclear what “that” maybe, given he is still practicing when everyone else in his shoes would have been struck off Years ago.

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Touker

“Hendron accepted that “perhaps there’s a pattern here where I act, do or say things without considering the impact of whatever it is I may be doing from time to time”.” With an answer like that, he should consider a career in politics.

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Archibald Pomp O'City

No politician would be so candid.

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ye

He was featured on Question Time recently as a no-deal Brexit supporter, I think. Would suit the current government nicely!

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Peter

He needs to take a chill pill.

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Dad

Henry Hendon > Chuck Norris.

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Bitter

If he was a solicitor he would have been water tortured and then publicly hanged.

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Archibald Pomp O'City

“I feel so sorry for every Bar applicant who can’t get pupillage and wouldn’t go anywhere near drugs.”

Why?

Is an individual who has consumed recreational drugs less deserving of professional success as a square who has not?

Perhaps this is so, but a large chunk of your professional friends (if you have any) would probably have to be disbarred from their legal or non-legal (or illegal) professional lives.

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Shirley

Henry must know what he’s doing to avoid prison and now disbarment.

All he’s left with now is taking instructions the old fashioned way. Probably easier said than done, given his pioneering direct access practice. Mind you, most direct access barristers are smart enough not to lift a finger before an upfront fixed fee is paid.

Maybe there will be a chambers who’ll take him. Henry probably shouldn’t hold his breath. He needs supervision.

Henry, if you’re reading this, you’re good but not as good as you think you are. Get some humility and a mentor so you can stop making these monumental fuck ups and spending your life digging yourself out of the shit.

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Justin

I find this baffling. If this were a Chartered Accountant he would be expelled from the Institute, no question. What the hell is the BSB fit for? The public needs protection from a drug pusher in the ordinary course of events. But as a goddamn barrister! You think that’s ok? A really sad indictment on the regulation of the legal profession.

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Observer

Does everyone making this type of comment not appreciate that the BSB does not hear these cases? There is an independent Bar Tribunal Service where the BSB is the prosecutor. The BSB called for disbarment, but the independent panel did not go for it. That may be a sad indictment of regulation of the legal profession, but it isn’t the fault of the BSB.

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Martin

It is a wise man who learns from his mistakes.

It has struck me that Henry has demonstrated a lack of humility, bordering on bravado, towards these proceedings. And has certainly demonstrated a lack of wisdom.

I fully expected to see that he had been disbarred but the Panel has clearly managed to excise a considerable degree of judgement and, dare I say, wisdom. Many people do or say stupid things. For a variety of reasons. Sometimes they need protecting from themselves. Henry seems to fall into this category. Let’s hope he uses the time wisely, demonstrates some humility and proves the trust placed in him is not misplaced.

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Bobo

Who is funding this joker?

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Justin

I see. And what about protecting the public from charlatans? Isn’t that the function of the regulator too? Or is it all about poor Henry and his path to personal growth?

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