A missing appeal by former barrister Michael Ford surfaced in court yesterday - only to be struck out by the judges. The Court of Appeal had mistakenly believed that Mr Ford's latest legal challenge, arising out of his long-running battle with China Light & Power (CLP), had not been lodged. Further inquiries revealed Mr Ford's notice of appeal had been sent to the court. But the case could not go ahead because the former lawyer for CLP had not attended court to put forward his arguments. Mr Justice Gerald Godfrey, Mr Justice Benjamin Liu Tsz-ming and Mr Justice Henry Litton granted an application by CLP for the appeal to be struck out. The court also rejected applications by Mr Ford to take the case to the Privy Council. But the former lawyer, who is in London, can still apply directly to the Privy Coun-cil. Mr Ford has been ordered to pay $321,270 to CLP for leaking documents about a fatal 1992 Castle Peak power station blast. The company sought further damages relating to legal action by Mr Ford in America, but its appeal was dismissed in February.