A BID to take a three-year battle between a solicitor and a disgruntled former employee to the Privy Council was rejected yesterday because the lawyer missed a deadline. The decision marked the latest round in the battle between Goh Kim Lay and her one-time employer, solicitor Lily Fenn Kar-bin. Ms Fenn had filed for leave to appeal to the Privy Council after the High Court ruled against her on September 8. The law requires that formal notice be completed within 14 days of judgment. Although the application was filed on September 22, the formal notice was not filed until five days later, missing the deadline and making the request invalid. Gladys Li QC, for Ms Fenn, did not explain the reason for the delay, only citing the amount of work involved. But the Court of Appeal did not accept this and rejected Ms Fenn's request. Mr Justice Mortimer described an application for leave to appeal as something to be used for 'great public importance'. Ms Fenn will have to pay costs, which one lawyer described as being 'quite substantial'. The feud began in 1992 when Ms Goh was an employee of Versatile, a company which Ms Fenn served as both a shareholder and director. But, by December of that year, Ms Goh had been sacked. Ms Fenn then won restraining orders against Ms Goh and her husband, Wong Ho-tung, because of what she claimed was harassment and intimidation. The couple filed suit against Versatile for wages and commission which Ms Goh claimed were owed to her. The dispute ran through the four labour tribunals and the District Court before landing in the High Court in May last year. Ms Fenn's attempt to bring an injunction against Ms Goh and her husband to stop them disposing of their assets was rejected by Mr Justice Woo. He called Ms Fenn's actions 'unreasonable and vexatious'. Her appeal against that ruling was rejected in September. Yesterday's application was heard by Mr Justice Mortimer, Mr Justice Liu and Mr Justice Ryan.