Patrick Hennessey (barrister)

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Patrick Rupert Hennessey (born 1982) is a British barrister, author, journalist and former British Army officer.


Hennessey was educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford.[1] He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2004, and was the winner of the Queen’s Medal on his commissioning course.

Military career[edit]

From Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in January 2005.[2] He was deployed to the Balkans, Africa, South East Asia, and the Falkland Islands, and saw active service in the Iraq War and Afghanistan.[3] He retired from the army in 2009 with the rank of captain.[4]

Legal career[edit]

After training at BPP Law School, Hennessey qualified as a barrister in 2010. Since then he has been practising with 39 Essex Chambers, based in London.[5]


Hennessey reported as a special foreign correspondent for The Times and has written numerous newspaper, magazine and journal articles in the UK and the USA.[6] Hennessey wrote and presented a documentary entitled Kipling’s Indian Adventure which was shown on BBC Two in February 2016.[7][8]

The programme looked into Rudyard Kipling's early life and career in India. He has written two books, both of which are accounts of his time as a British Army officer.[9][10] He is a member of the Royal United Services Institute and is a regular media commentator on defence and legal matters.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Patrick Hennessey profile". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 57541". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 January 2005. p. 834.
  3. ^ "Former soldier tells of why he went to war in Iraq". Evening Standard. London, UK. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Patrick Hennessey Biography". Penguin Books.
  5. ^ "39 Essex Chambers - Patrick Hennessey - 39 Essex Chambers". 39 Essex Chambers. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  6. ^ Hennessey, Patrick (23 January 2011). "Once upon a life: Patrick Hennessey". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  7. ^ BBC - Kipling's Indian Adventure; retrieved 12 April 2016.
  8. ^ Mount, Harry (21 February 2016). "Why the long-held view of Kipling is just so wrong". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  9. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (25 June 2009). "The Junior Officers' Reading Club". The Independent. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  10. ^ Edis, Rupert (11 September 2012). "Kandak by Patrick Hennessey: review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 April 2016.