26 July 2019
Barrister, Henry Hendron, has been ordered to be suspended by an independent disciplinary tribunal following findings of professional misconduct on charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
The tribunal ordered that Mr Hendron be suspended for three months for failing to comply with a determination of the Legal Ombudsman to pay a complainant the sum of £850. He was also prohibited from accepting and carrying out public access instructions for a period of nine months, to run concurrently with the three-month suspension. The sanctions commence at the same time which means that the prohibition on accepting public access instructions runs for 6 months following the period of suspension.
The tribunal decided that Mr Hendron's actions were likely to diminish the trust and confidence the public places in the profession, and that he failed to give the Legal Ombudsman all reasonable assistance requested of him in connection with the determination of the complaint.
Commenting on the tribunal's sentence, BSB Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger, said: "All barristers are obliged to provide all reasonable assistance to the Legal Ombudsman, and to comply with its determinations. A failure to do so undermines public confidence in the profession and has a significant impact on the complainant. The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Hendron reflects this."
The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.
Notes to editors
About Henry Hendron
Henry Hendron was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in November 2006.
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