Rochfort Distillery liquidation mired in legal action

The proposed auction of Rochfort Distillery’s assets looks to be delayed until at least the second half of 2021, with its liquidator embroiled in multiple legal disputes with director Giuliano Ursini.

Liquidator Robert Naudi of insolvency firm Rodgers Reidy last year won a Supreme Court injunction preventing the auction of Rochfort Distillery’s assets, alleging they were wrongfully distrained by Ursini’s company, Distilleria Pty Ltd.

Distilleria has since filed two interlocutory applications; one seeking security for legal costs against Rodgers Reidy; and another challenging Naudi’s statutory report to creditors.

Representatives for Distilleria have asked Judge Katrina Bochner to appoint an independent liquidator to review the Rodgers Reidy report.

Distilleria is yet to file a defence against the original proceedings.

Meanwhile, Rodgers Reidy has a counterclaim in play arguing Distilleria’s interlocutory actions amount to an abuse of process.

The various proceedings are currently listed for three separate hearing dates; two in March and another in July 2021.

By that time, the battle will have notched up its one-year anniversary in the Supreme Court.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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