Nina Wang's father-in-law has to tell her who helped fund case over HK$24b will The father-in-law of billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum was yesterday ordered to pay more than HK$560 million in costs for the nine-year legal battle over his son's estate. The Court of Final Appeal also gave Wang Ding-shin, 96, two weeks to disclose to Mrs Wang, who turns 70 next year, who had lent him HK$40 million towards his legal bills, and left it open for her to request an inquiry into who paid for her father-in-law's crusade. Mrs Wang's legal team made it clear yesterday she did not intend to chase Mr Wang for the costs. But the Chinachem Group chairwoman has not ruled out pursuing anyone found to have funded his fight for the HK$24 billion estate of Teddy Wang Teh-huei. The Court of Final Appeal ordered Mr Wang to pay, in addition to HK$262 million of his own costs, one-third of Mrs Wang's legal costs for a 172-day hearing before the Court of First Instance and two-thirds of those incurred during 38 days of appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal. Estimates by sources close to the case put this amount at more than HK$100 million. Mr Wang was also ordered to pay two-thirds of the HK$300 million-plus costs incurred by the administrators of the estate of Teddy Wang, who was kidnapped in April 1990 and never seen again. There was one small victory in the judgment for Mr Wang. Instead of ordering him to pay two-thirds of Mrs Wang's Court of First Instance costs, it ruled him liable for only one-third because of the 'prolixity' of the cross-examination of witnesses by Martin Lee Chu-ming, her leading counsel. Mr Lee spent 641/2 days interrogating six witnesses, including a 76-year-old whom he questioned for 20 days, and Mr Wang, who spent eight days on the witness stand. The court acknowledged it was difficult to imagine how someone reliant entirely on handouts - Mr Wang receives HK$73,718 per month from the estate to meet the living and medical expenses of himself and his wife - could pay for such protracted and costly litigation. Brian Gilchrist, solicitor for Mrs Wang, said he and his client were very satisfied with the decision. 'It's a very fair ruling,' he said. 'Mrs Wang has always said she had no intention to cause disharmony amongst her family. 'She does not intend at this stage that she will be pursuing her father-in-law, but she will consider what other steps she can take.' He said what happened next was very much in the hands of Mr Wang and his solicitors, K.M. Chan & Co, who have strenuously denied allegations that they are among the funders of the litigation. 'It's now open to [Mrs Wang] - depending on what her father-in-law has to say as further evidence - as to what she decides to do,' Mr Gilchrist said. Depending on what Mrs Wang decides to do next, the order issued yesterday could bring to an end the epic battle over Teddy Wang's estate. 'There's got to be finality to litigation,' Mr Gilchrist said. 'There's only so far you can pursue something, and at the end of the day I think [this case] is something everyone involved wants to put behind them and move on.'