Blackstone silk loses Supreme Court asbestos case By Margaret Taylor 12 October 2011 16:45 17 December 2015 14:23 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Andrew Smith 14 October 2011 at 19:00 I am somewhat surprised at the headline to your article. The suggestion is that cases are “lost” or won by counsel, implying that those who appear carry the personal responsibility for the result. Although there are circumstances where an individual fails through their conduct, it must be within the reasonable experience of any legal journalist to realise that a lawyer may only be as good as the argument he is instructed to present. In declaring an interest, I consider all of the counsel, in particular the senior counsel, not only colleagues but friends of mine. They are all excellent advocates, and each presented their position with professional diligence and style. I am sure that each of them would find the tone of your headline not only incorrect, but demeaning of the expected standards of journalism of the legal press. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.