Partner Litigation

Andrew Holden

Role: Partner
Dept: Litigation
Location: Blackburn
Direct Dial: 01254 686228
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Andrew is a commercial litigation partner based at our Blackburn office.  He has specialised in commercial litigation for 20 years.

Andrew has a substantial commercial practice handling disputes for businesses, including those arising from corporate and business to business transactions, shareholder disputes, civil fraud, insolvency, energy sector disputes and professional negligence cases such as claims against solicitors.


Zymurgorium Ltd v Hammonds of Knutsford Plc [2023] EWCA Civ 52 [2021] EWHC 2295 (Ch)

Andrew represented Zymurgorium, a manufacturer of drinks products and the claimant in these proceedings, in a 10-day liability trial for circa £680,000 of unpaid invoices and defended a counterclaim for breach of an alleged wholesale agreement for circa £4.8m.  Following trial Andrew represented Zymurgorium in the appeal brought by Hammonds of Knutsford Plc against the Judgment of HHJ Pearce.  Following two days in the Court of Appeal in December 2022 Hammonds’ appeal was dismissed.

Vibrant Doors Ltd v Rohden UK Ltd [2018] EWHC 1761

Andrew represented Rohden, the respondent in an application for an injunction to compel it to reinstate its supply of goods and services to Vibrant Doors for a period of six to nine months.  Within the application Vibrant Doors accepted that by the time of trial it would not be seeking the continuation of the supply contract and so at trial it would be seeking damages only.  The application for an injunction was dismissed because the court would not  compel Rohden to continue to work with Vibrant in circumstances in which its contractual relationship had already broken down.  Following this decision the parties resolved their differences out of court and so a trial of the main action was not required.

Thursfield v Thursfield [2013] EWCA Civ 840, [2012] EWHC 3742 (Ch) [2012] EWHC 3621 (Ch) [2011] EWHC 3539 (Ch)

Andrew sought to enforce a US$5.7m judgment of the Michigan Court for breach of a settlement agreement following a divorce.  The case involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction, tracing assets in the UK, the committal of the defendant to prison and obtaining a disclosure order based on the decision in North Shore Ventures.

Kwao v University of Keele [2013] EWHC 56

Andrew represented the university in relation to an application for judicial review made by a former student arising out of a decision by the university to award a student a lower level masters instead of a doctorate.  The application was dismissed, and the court held that to review the university’s decision would involve the court in exercising academic judgment, an exercise which fell outside of its jurisdiction.


Andrew studied law at the University of Birmingham before completing the LPC at the College of Law, York.  He joined Napthens in 2015 from SGH Martineau in Birmingham and was promoted to partner in 2020.

Memberships and Awards

Andrew is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Andrew is highlighted in legal industry guide 'The Legal 500' as a ‘Next Generation Partner’.

More about Andrew Holden

Describe yourself in three words:
Driven.  Committed.  Tenacious

How do you like to relax out of work?
I am a supporter of Accrington Stanley Football Club.  I have seen the club develop from playing tiny venues like Mossley and Matlock to beating the likes of Portsmouth and Bradford City in league fixtures.  It’s a wonderful football club to be a part of.

What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
I love the strategic planning of litigation.  In some cases the future of the business can be in jeopardy and using legal concepts combined with economic and commercial reality to identify a strategy which results in commercial advantage to my client is massively rewarding.  Litigation at its most fascinating is a mix of chess, poker and a good argument!