Blackstone silk loses Supreme Court asbestos case

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  • 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.

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