Unique: Junior barrister tells Authorized Cheek he’s wanting ahead to ‘knocking out every one of many BSB costs’
Scandal-hit barrister Henry Hendron is about to seem earlier than a bar disciplinary tribunal subsequent month, 4 years after he was suspended from the occupation following a conviction for ‘chemsex’ drug offences.
Hendron is alleged to have “behaved in approach which is prone to diminish the belief and confidence which the general public locations within the occupation”, according to a charge sheet revealed by the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS).
The junior barrister can be mentioned to have “behaved in a approach which might fairly be seen by the general public to undermine his integrity” and “didn’t be open and co-operative with the regulator”.
The Bar Requirements Board (BSB) declined to offer additional particulars as to the circumstances surrounding Hendron’s alleged misconduct.
Hendron, who was referred to as to the bar in 2006, will seem just about earlier than a five-person disciplinary panel subsequent month, BTAS’s website states. It’s price noting that solely a five-person panel, versus a three-strong bench, has the ability to disbar a barrister.
“This February I seem earlier than one other BSB tribunal to face some 18 costs, which the BSB all of the sudden and unexpectedly determined that it was going to convey in opposition to me solely final 12 months”, Hendron advised Authorized Cheek. “[This] even though the BSB had all materials info essential to take a choice on cost again in 2016 for half the current costs and 2017 for the opposite half of the fees.”
Hendron, persevering with, mentioned the BSB’s “determination to cost me solely now in respect of these historic issues is much more stunning within the context of the BSB having tried to convey a number of different prosecutions in opposition to me earlier than the Tribunal in respect of issues which got here after the time by which the current costs are primarily based.”
“I deny all the fees which I say are riddled with BSB incompetence and mustn’t have been introduced within the first place. I look ahead to the upcoming Tribunal and to knocking out every one of many BSB costs, which I’ll do.”
The previous Strand Chambers barrister was arrested in 2015 after his boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, was discovered lifeless with medicine in his system. Hendron later pleaded responsible to possession of managed medicine — ‘chemsex’ substances mephedrone and gamma-butyrolactone — with intent to produce and was suspended for three years in April 2017 (backdated to Might 2016). He returned to practice in 2019.