Two barristers attacked by a judge for their handling of a Court of First Instance case have been cleared by the Bar Association of misconduct. Tony Ng and Yeung Shak-nung were criticised by Mr Justice David Yam Yee-kwan on April 1 for their conduct in a libel case. The judge believed a defence put forward by the lawyers was totally lacking in merit and ordered them to appear before him to argue why they should not be penalised in relation to the costs of the case. The Bar Association set up a sub-committee to investigate the matter. According to a statement issued yesterday, the sub-committee has concluded that 'neither Yeung nor Ng was guilty of any professional misconduct, serious dereliction of duty or incompetence and that there were no sufficient grounds to suggest either of them had failed to discharge their duties'. Based on the sub-committee's report, the association has decided that further action against the lawyers is not warranted unless further facts come to light when the judge has concluded his own investigations.