Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-san's elder brother appeared in the High Court yesterday for the latest round of his battle to salvage his reputation from allegations of professional misconduct. Last March solicitor John Fang Meng-sang, 56, was suspended from practising law for a year after a disciplinary tribunal found him guilty of more than 100 counts of breach of undertaking, failure to render a satisfactory explanation to the Law Society and failure to reply to other solicitors. The penalty was suspended for a year pending his appeal. An 'undertaking' is a legally binding promise. Mr Fang got into trouble when he undertook to provide other solicitors with documents by a certain date, and then failed to meet the deadline. He attended behind-closed-doors proceedings at the High Court yesterday to set a date for his appeal against the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal findings. In 1992 he wrote a letter to the Law Society complaining that the breach of undertaking system was unfair and unrealistic. Between 1989 and 1991, John Fang and Company experienced a boom in business that left the staff hard-pressed to stay on top of their case load. When the busy firm failed to pass documents on to other solicitors on time, the solicitors complained to the Law Society. The misconduct is said to have spanned a five-year period from 1988 to 1993. Mr Fang is liable for any breaches committed by his staff, which numbered more than 20. The lawyer shut down his practice in January 1995 to ward off suspicion that he was stalling appeal proceedings in order to keep earning money for as long as possible. He will be represented by counsel at his appeal, which is scheduled to begin on May 1. Mr Fang first faced disciplinary proceedings in 1992. That hearing was discontinued, and then resurrected in October 1993. The panel that suspended him comprised two solicitors and one layman.