HIGH fees charged by Queen's Counsel in Hong Kong have fuelled a call for the removal of barriers to English QCs seeking to practise in the territory. The Law Society and the Legislative Council's legal representative, Simon Ip Sik-on, united yesterday in a call for wider choice after revelations by the Chief Justice, Sir Ti Liang Yang, that Hong Kong QCs quoted fees more than three times as much as their English counterparts to appear in a two-day murder appeal. Solicitors for appellant Ng Kam-chuen said in an affidavit that a briefing fee of $300,000 and a ''daily refresher'' of $50,000 was the average quote from five Hong Kong QCs. Law Society President Roderick Woo Bun said many solicitors had expressed ''very strong concerns about the high fee levels charged by barristers''. ''Barristers consider they are the prima donnas. I have heard figures that even I found difficult to believe. There is no limit, put it that way,'' he said. Mr Woo said restrictions on English silks should be relaxed, and called for a table of recommended fees. Mr Ip said the Bar in Hong Kong would benefit if more English QCs were allowed to practise here. Bar Association chairman Jacqueline Leong, QC, said market forces dictated Hong Kong fees. It was reported yesterday under the headline ''Top barristers charge triple English rate'', that the appeal case involved serious criticism of a local Crown counsel. In fact it is a local Queen's Counsel who was criticised. The error is regretted.