Barrister who represented high-profile figures admits buying drugs from clients
A barrister who has represented famous figures including Tory MP Nadine Dorries has confessed to buying drugs from some of his clients.
Messages from Henry Hendron asking for drugs were discovered on the phone of a suspected dealer who he was representing in a criminal case.
A further investigation found evidence that the 42-year-old – who purchased drugs that killed his teenage boyfriend in 2016 – was also buying drugs from another client.
His behaviour has been named ‘unacceptable, unethical and illegal’ by Detective Inspector Lewis Sanderson.
‘Actions like his can tarnish the reputation of all those involved in the criminal justice system and the whole team were determined to bring him to account’, he said.
‘As a result of the hard work and thorough investigation, Hendron has been now been made to face the consequences of his actions.’
Hendron was called to the Bar in 2006 and has represented prominent clients including the Earl of Cardigan.
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He acted for former culture secretary Ms Dorries in a civil matter in 2009, according to reports.
But his career fell flat in 2016 when his partner Miguel Jimenez, 18, died after taking chemsex party drugs at the couple’s flat in Temple, London.
Hendron was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work after admitting buying £1,000 worth of M-cat or Meow Meow and GBL.
He was suspended by the Bar Standards Board for three years.
Award-winning BBC producer Alex Parkin, who sold him the drugs, was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.
Hendron, from Soho, is expected to be sentenced for the new charges on April 17.
He was remanded in custody after pleading guilty to three counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence and one count of possessing Class A drugs at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday.
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