1. The simple solution in this situation is to immediately get a different barrister. Here your solicitor should be on the phone to get a different barrister. Most barristers need only a hour or two to familiarise themselves with a case. Additionally, most will work on Sunday to prepare their cases for Monday. So getting a new barrister is not a difficult issue if your Dad's solicitor gets on the phone and couriers or takes the papers to a new barrister. YOu can assist in this regard by taking the papers by car to the house of the new barrister. This sort of situation where a barrister is double booked or has some compromise issue is very common. all that needs to happen is for a new barrister to be contacted and papers got to them immediately. Barristers take cases on short notice all the time and will read up on the case at a night's notice. So get the solicitor to get on the phone to get a new barrister immediately. Courts are very reluctant to allow adjournments merely because the barrister changes at short notice. So don't expect an adjournment. This was the wrong approach from the solicitor. Instead get a fresh barrister in on the case.