A brother fighting his younger sister for control of their father's fortune went to the Court of Appeal yesterday hoping to make legal history. Henry Chan Sai-lun's barrister, Selina Lau, asked the judges to overturn a decision granting his sister a brief adjournment to instruct her new lawyer. Mr Justice Henry Litton asked: 'Has there ever been an order like that anywhere in the common-law world?' Ms Lau admitted there was no record of such a request being granted. But she said it was an unusual case calling for extraordinary measures. Pre-trial arguments over Chan Kwong-chung's 'mysterious' $100 million have dragged on for almost three years, due largely to Lily Chan Wai-wah's almost weekly calls for an adjournment. Ms Lau yesterday told the court that 'any further delay is intolerable and would bring the administration of justice into disrepute'. But Mr Justice Litton, Mr Justice Charles Ching and Mr Justice Gerald Godfrey rejected her request, saying the trial judge was right to ensure Ms Chan's interests were properly represented. A week before the case was finally scheduled to open, Ms Chan, who has been representing herself, decided she wanted a lawyer. On Thursday, Mr Justice Patrick Chan adjourned the case to allow her new lawyer time to acquaint himself with the case. But her brother's witnesses had already flown in from Australia and the United States to testify. They will have to return home to work before the case opens. The disputed will, in which Chan left everything to his oldest son, was handwritten in English on a piece of lined notepaper dated three days before his death. But the signature bore no resemblance to his normal handwriting, so Ms Chan contested it. She believes her father was not of sound mind when he signed the makeshift document.