UNITED Democrats chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday refused to name the 18 solicitors' firms that declined to take on his controversial libel suit against former Appeal Court judge Simon Li Fook-sean. The refusal came despite an open request by Law Society president Roderick Woo Bun to reveal the process of Mr Lee's search for a solicitors' firm to handle his case. In a television interview with TVB, Mr Woo said he did not know how and why Mr Lee failed in his bid to find a solicitors' firm to take up his case. Mr Woo claimed that, if Mr Lee failed to provide details, he would be responsible for destroying the public's trust in Hong Kong's rule of law. Last night, Mr Lee said the issue was not about the number of firms that rejected his case, but those that took the job and pulled out two days later. Mr Lee and fellow United Democrat Szeto Wah are suing Mr Li for remarks made about their actions in June 1989. The firm of Herbert Smith will now handle their case.