5 Jul 2024

Barrister Henry Hendron was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded on 3 July 2024 following findings of professional misconduct in relation to charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Tribunal also ordered that Mr Hendron should not be issued with a practising certificate pending any appeal.

Mr Hendron was convicted on 17 March 2023 of possessing a controlled Class A drug and intentionally encouraging/assisting clients whom he was representing in criminal proceedings to commit a criminal offence by supplying him with Class A and Class C drugs. The Tribunal found that Mr Hendron had behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, and which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity and independence.  Mr Hendron also had a previous criminal and disciplinary record, including for drug related offences, which were taken into account in making the order to disbar.

Commenting on the order, a BSB spokesperson said: “Possessing and encouraging the supply of Class A drugs is clearly a very serious matter. The conduct for which Mr Hendron was convicted, including being involved in his client’s criminal activity, is clearly entirely unacceptable behaviour for a barrister and the Tribunal’s decision to disbar him reflects this.”


Notes to editors

About Henry J C Hendron

Mr Henry J C Hendron was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in November 2006.

About disciplinary tribunals

The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) is responsible for appointing and administering Disciplinary Tribunals on behalf of the President of the Council of the Inns of Court and its tribunals are independent of the BSB. The BSB is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers, which BTAS tribunal panels then adjudicate. The sanctions imposed are a matter for the tribunal having regard to the facts of the individual case and the BTAS Sanctions Guidance.

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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