FORMER Appeal Court Justice Simon Li Fook-sean has denied he played any part in Martin Lee Chu-ming's difficulties in finding a solicitor for his libel action. Speaking on the issue for the first time, Mr Li said it had nothing to do with him. ''It's none of my business,'' he said. ''I've not said a word or contacted anybody about it. ''It is a matter between him [Martin Lee] and the Law Society and none of my business.'' However, Mr Li said he had no problems finding a lawyer, adding his solicitors in the case, Wilkinson and Grist, were the first he had approached. He admitted they had told him to keep quiet about the case. The former Appeal Court Justice said there were many firms who could represent Mr Lee without being accused of a conflict of interest. ''I have been retired for many years, many lawyers do not now know who I am.'' But Mr Li refused to say whether solicitors should be allowed to turn down a case without giving any reason. ''I have no knowledge about their code of conduct. I have never been a lawyer,'' he said. Eighteen solicitors' firms refused to take on Mr Lee's libel case against Mr Li, amid accusations that some refusals were politically motivated. , and had undermined the independence of the Hong Kong legal system.