Drug addict’ celebrity barrister, 36, whose lawyer twin helped him avoid jail in ‘chemsex’ death case is evicted from his brother’s Covent Garden flat over AirBnB fallout
- Henry Hendron, 36, represented high-profile clients including Earl of Cardigan
- Arrested for supplying ‘chemsex’ drugs to teenage boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez
- Was defended by his brother, Richard, but the brothers have since had a feud
- Dispute surrounds the future of the flat they once shared in Covent Garden
A celebrity barrister, whose twin brother helped him to avoid a jail term, is now fighting his sibling in court after a bitter falling out between the pair.
Henry Hendron, 36, was well known for representing high profile clients, including Tory MP Nadine Dories, the Earl of Cardigan and Apprentice winner Stella English.
But he gained wide notoriety after being arrested for supplying ‘chemsex’ drugs to his teenage boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, in January 2015.
Henry Hendron, 36, left, was once helped by his brother Richard, right, to avoid a jail term, but the pair have since fallen out
Mr Jimenez died from a drugs overdose, although there was no evidence that the narcotics supplied to him by Hendron caused his death.
Hendron admitted supplying class B and C drugs to his 18-year-old lover, and was initially represented by his twin brother and fellow barrister, Richard Hendron.
A judge at London’s Old Bailey spared Henry Hendron jail in May last year, handing him an unpaid work order instead.
Richard Hendron had described it as the ‘hardest legal fight of my life’, saying the strain and emotion of defending his brother gave him ‘nightmares.’
But the pair’s once close relationship has since soured, to the extent that Richard has now fought a successful High Court battle to get his twin evicted from the Covent Garden flat they once shared.
He also branded Henry a ‘drug addict’, and told a judge he ‘sacked him’ from his law firm after finding drugs in the office.
Richard Hendron told Mr Justice Ouseley that, after Henry’s run in with the law, he had invited his shamed twin to stay at his flat in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, after being told Henry had been evicted from his home in Richmond.
Richard lives mainly at another home but used the rented Covent Garden flat part time.
He also told the judge he gave Henry work in his legal firm, to help him get back on his feet.
But relations between the twins ‘became more rocky’ when Richard ‘sacked’ his ‘addict’ brother from his legal practice, after finding ‘a quantity of drugs at the office,’ Richard told the judge.
Henry gained wide notoriety after being arrested for supplying ‘chemsex’ drugs to his teenage boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, in January 2015
It later emerged that Henry had somewhere else to live and was supplementing his income by renting out his brother’s Covent Garden flat on AirBnB, Richard claimed.
When Richard told his twin they both had to leave the flat as the owner had terminated the lease, Henry reacted badly, refusing to give back the keys or to let his brother into the property, the court was told.
Henry obtained an emergency injunction banning his brother and the owner’s agents from entering the flat or attempting to get him to leave.
But Mr Justice Ouseley, after hearing Richard brand his brother a ‘drug addict’, lifted the injunction and opened the way for Henry’s removal from the flat.
Richard, setting out the background to the barrister twins’ falling out, told the judge: ‘At the beginning of this year a friend of my brother’s approached me and asked if Henry could stay in my flat in Covent Garden.
‘I said he could stay in Covent Garden. After a period of absence, he was back working for the legal entity that I own.
‘I sacked him due to his drug problems. Three months down the line I took him back.
‘I wanted to help him out. I wanted him to succeed. It was put to me that he would succeed.’
But he added: ‘As the weeks and months progressed our relationship became rockier.
‘I was given notice by the agent to vacate the property in May. That was forwarded to my brother. He made the suggestion that he wasn’t going to leave.
‘I emailed him. His immediate response was that ‘we are not a pair from now on, so sue me’.’
‘I replied that, whilst that may be how he would behave, I would not do so.
He took possession of the property and denied me access to it. Our relationship has fallen foul at that point.
‘He was preventing the agents from conducting viewings. He had the keys and wouldn’t give me them back.
‘I have almost been held to hostage over the last few months.
‘It became apparent that he was AirBnBing the property. I am reluctant to air one’s dirty laundry in public. It’s a sorry state of affairs.
The pair’s once close relationship has since soured, to the extent that Richard has now fought a successful High Court battle to get his twin evicted from the Covent Garden flat they once shared
‘I sent him an email saying how disappointed I was that he was AirBnBing a property that I had allowed him to stay in only to help him out.
‘Where this fall out and hostility has all come from is my decision that it was no longer appropriate for him to work for me because of his drug habit, having discovered a quantity of drugs in the office,’ Richard added.
Marcus Kane, a friend of Henry’s, told the judge he was ill and could not attend the hearing.
‘It wasn’t agreed that he would stay there just as a favour. Richard kicked him out of the flat they shared in Soho,’ he told the judge.
A barrister representing the estate agents who let the Covent Garden flat told the judge: ‘We are a wholly innocent party in this conflict between the brothers Hendron.’
In his judgement, Mr Justice Ouseley said: ‘Mr Richard Hendron has produced evidence which tells a sorry tale of the declining relationship between himself and his twin brother, including decisions on Mr Henry Hendron’s part, through addiction and hostility, thwarting any attempt by Mr Richard Hendron to help him, including working on cases and taking him into his firm before his drug addiction led to his dismissal.
Henry appeared to have a glittering career ahead of him when as a 17-year-old he addressed the Tory party conference
‘On the evidence of Richard Hendron it was that relationship which had led to the events here.
‘At some point Richard Hendron allowed Henry Hendron to live at the property, because he had been told that Henry Hendron had been evicted from his property in Richmond. That appears to be a half truth.
‘There appears to be no dispute that the property has been let on AirBnB at times
‘Henry clearly has somewhere else to live, because he has been letting the property on AirBnB.’
He said that Henry had obtained the emergency injunction in a telephone call to another High Court judge.
The order had prevented his brother and the estate agents ‘from excluding him from the premises or interfering with his quiet enjoyment of the premises.’
Lifting the injunction, Mr Justice Ouseley said the basis on which Henry sought its extension was ‘misconceived.’
Henry has ‘no licence or tenancy’ in relation to the flat, he said, adding: ‘I have not heard from Henry Hendron and that is his fault.’
‘The balance of convenience favours me allowing the landlord to get on withletting the property rather than allowing the trespasser to remain there.
‘I discharge the injunction which has been granted.’
The judge also banned Henry from making any further applications without notice in the action and ordered that he must file an affidavit and statement of truth stating what he told the judge on the phone in order to obtain the injunction.
Henry appeared to have a glittering career ahead of him when as a 17-year-old he addressed the Tory party conference.
Richard was formerly an inspector in the Metropolitan Police, having studied for a masters in Criminology at Cambridge.
The pair are keen canoeists and together have previously won the world’s longest canoe race on the Yukon.