29 April 2017

Barrister Henry Hendron suspended for three years following criminal convictions for supplying illegal drugs

6 April 2017

Barrister Henry Hendron was suspended for three years by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on Wednesday, 5 April 2017. The suspension follows charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and takes effect from 17 May 2016, the date when he was originally made subject to an immediate suspension.

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Hendron pleaded guilty in March last year to two charges of possessing controlled drugs (Class B and Class C) with intent to supply in January 2015. 

In addition, Mr Hendron was fined a total of £2000 for two charges relating to administrative failings as a Head of Chambers. These included failing to make sure fees earned by a particular barrister working in the chambers were properly and efficiently administered, and failing to give proper notice to a barrister when asking that barrister to leave the chambers.

BSB 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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Notes to editors

 

About Henry Joseph Christopher Hendron

Mr Hendron was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in November 2006.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are performed by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). BTAS is run independently of the Bar Standards Board, the barristers' regulator, which is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers. These charges are then adjudicated on by BTAS' tribunal panels.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t.

 

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