A highly experienced commercial property partner, Tony heads up our Southport office and leads Napthens commercial property team across Merseyside. Tony has extensive experience in all key elements of commercial property work including contract drafting and negotiation; landlord and tenant issues (including the grant and acceptance of occupational leases, lease renewals, alterations/development of business premises); assignments and sub-lettings; property finance and acquisitions and disposals of commercial property and small businesses.
As head of Napthens Southport office, Tony is actively involved in the local business community and is Director of Southport BID and a member of the Southport Townscape Heritage Project Board.
He is recommended in the 2021 Legal 500 guide.
Tony represents a broad range of clients with an emphasis on owner-managed businesses, private pension schemes, SME’s and property investors. His clients are spread across all sectors although he possesses a particular expertise in hospitality and leisure and retail. Tony represents clients 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.
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?