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London: Barrister admits buying drugs from clients

Henry Hendron with Woolwich Crown Court in the background

Henry Hendron was remanded in custody after pleading guilty (Picture: SWNS/Rex)

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.

Henry Hendron.See SWNS story SWMRbarrister - A high-flying barrister who text a man he was representing in a criminal case asking him to supply him with drugs has pleaded guilty to drug charges. Henry Hendron, 42, had been caught by cops after his clients phone was seized and forensically examined revealing the damning messages. A court heard how police arrested Hendron's client in 2021 on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A, B and C drugs. Forensic experts examined the phone and uncovered messages from Hendron to his client asking him to supply him with drugs. The Met?s Specialist Crime South Syndicate investigated Hendron further and uncovered a series of other messages dating back to 2020 - these indicated Hendron was buying drugs from another client. Hendron, who has previously represented high-profile people like Nadine Dorries and the Earl of Cardigan, was arrested on Tuesday, May 3 2022 Appearing at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday (17/3) Hendron pleaded guilty to three counts of Intentionally Encouraging or Assisting the Commission of an Offence and one count of Possessing a Controlled Drug of Class A.

His behaviour has been named ‘unacceptable, unethical and illegal’ (Picture: Metropolitan Police/SWNS)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (5435601a) Woolwich Crown Court, 2 Belmarsh Road, London Woolwich Crown Court, London, Britain - 24 Nov 2015

He will be sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

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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