Partner, Head of Commercial Property Merseyside Commercial Property

Tony Coates

Role: Partner, Head of Commercial Property Merseyside
Dept: Commercial Property
Locations: Southport, Liverpool
Direct Dial: 07581368483

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A highly experienced commercial property partner, Tony leads Napthens’ commercial property team across Merseyside.  Tony has extensive experience in all key elements of commercial property work including:

  • the acquisition, development and disposal of land;
  • contract drafting and negotiation;
  • Landlord & Tenant related issues and estate management;
  • property finance; and
  • acquisitions and disposals of commercial property and small businesses.

He was recommended in the 2021 and 2022 Legal 500 Guides and has also been recommended within the 2023 Guide


Tony represents a broad range of clients with an emphasis on owner-managed businesses, pension schemes, developers, SME’s, property investors and lending institutions. His clients are spread across all sectors throughout the UK as well as overseas.


Tony joined the Napthens team as a partner in 2019, having spent his previous 18 years at a large regional practice. After studying Law in Birmingham, he acquired his post-graduate qualifications at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Tony lives in Hesketh Bank with his family.

Memberships and Awards

Tony is Director of Southport BID and a member of the Southport Townscape Heritage Project Board. Tony is also a Trustee of the Community Link Foundation.

More about Tony Coates

Describe yourself in 3 words

Determined. Conscientious. Passionate.

What 3 items would you take with you to a desert island?

The complete works of Larry David, my guitar and Ray Mears.

Which actor would you choose to play you on TV or film? 

Robert de Niro

What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding? 

Building long standing friendships with my clients

If you had an alternative career - what would be your fantasy job? 

Professional footballer