Tony Coates


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T: 01704 215 159

Commercial Property – Southport (Churchtown)

Tony is a Partner within Birchall Blackburn Law and the Head of the Commercial Property department.

He represents a broad range of clients with an emphasis on owner-managed businesses, private pension schemes, SMEs and property investors across all sectors including: manufacturing & engineering, hospitality & leisure, retail, financial services and health.

Typically, his client base is located throughout the UK although he also acts on behalf of clients who are based across Europe, the far east and Canada.



Tony specialises in all key aspects of commercial property law including:

  • Acquisitions and disposals of small businesses
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Landlord and tenant issues including lease renewals, alterations/development of business premises, assignments, underlettings etc.
  • Leasing
  • Property finance and investment
  • Property development
  • Sales & purchases of commercial property

Qualifications and professional achievements: LLB (Hons)

How did you end up working for a law firm? Tony thoroughly enjoyed his academic studies of the English legal system and shortly after graduating from University in Birmingham, began his career in Law. Tony joined Birchall Blackburn Law from another regional practice and has since become a Partner within the Firm.

Unusual fact: Tony created a weekend football club from scratch, which is still playing more than 10 years on. Tony remains very proud of the fact that since re-locating to Southport from Manchester approximately 6 years ago, he has created a new and successful commercial property department which continues to develop and expand. His Team are the only commercial property specialists within the Southport area.


As first time buyers of a new business, we were very nervous about choosing a lawyer. We almost went with the local firm who had recently completed the conveyancing on our new home. Thankfully we decided to take the broker's recommendation of Birchall Blackburn Law.
Shortly after choosing BB Law, we received a call from Tony Coates who calmed our nerves about the process by providing friendly and professional advice.
Over the weeks, we found Tony and his team to be knowledgeable, efficient and most communicative. At every point in our purchase, we were kept informed of the progress and given clear advice.
We were thoroughly pleased that phone calls were always answered and any queries and questions addressed and we felt that even though our purchase was relatively small, the service we received from Tony and his team was attentive and professional.
We would definitely recommend Birchall Blackburn Law and Tony to anyone contemplating legal representation for a business purchase. It felt like Tony went 'above and beyond' for us and performed his role in our purchase with aplomb.

The service received from Tony and his team at Birchall Blackburn Law, has been second to none and we couldn’t have asked for a more professional team. At first, it was daunting to receive all of the paperwork required in one go but once we realised there was very little else for us to do other than wait for completion, it was fantastic. The standard of knowledge and professionalism was top class.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Tony Coates to deal with your sale or purchase. Thank you Tony


Tony Coates was recommended to me by my broker for completion of the purchase of my second hotel in Blackpool. I found Tony exceptionally talented and detailed with his work and treats his clients without any prejudice for the background of the client, in my experience so far, solicitors or barristers would normally have a condescending attitude towards clients who are not originally from UK . Right from the beginning Tony has been a great help in terms of chasing seller solicitors, brokers, lender solicitors to put things in place. But what actually distinguishes him from the rest, which I must say is extremely rare, is despite of pressure of deadlines and unprofessional behaviours of other parties, sometimes including myself, he remained focused on protecting my interests in business and kept explaining me patiently importance of steps he is taking. He understood importance of the deal to remain intact and brilliantly developed a lock-out agreement that allowed us not only to hold onto the property but gave us enough flexibility in terms of time to complete the deal. Best part about Tony is that despite of his experience and command on his profession he is extremely approachable and made me comfortable to speak freely, there is no sign of typical SOLICITOR EGO.

Jenny, who took over from Tony while he was on holidays, has played a pivotal role in completion of the deal in the final phase. She has been extremely diligent, punctual and simply splendid in communicating the progress of the deal that put my mind at peace. She delivered on every deadline she promised and on one occasion sacrificed her personal time after she had finished work to develop a document demanded by lender solicitors last minute.

A big thank you to Tony and Jenny in helping me complete this deal, highly recommended team of solicitors indeed.

We have been using Birchall Blackburn Law for a number of years on our commercial property purchases and leases. Tony Coates is particularly knowledgeable and an expert property solicitor, the service the Churchtown office provides is of a very high standard and cost effective. We look forward to working with Birchall Blackburn law again. Merriel Johnson, The Johnson SSAS.

I have had cause to utilise the services of a solicitor for 3 house sales/purchases over the last 23 years. This however was my first time needing a solicitor for the sale of a business. I did and still do not hold any of the previous solicitors in high esteem as I felt they were overly expensive, difficult to track down, vague in their responses and failed miserably to understand the concept of urgency!

Knowing that I required the expertise of a Commercial solicitor left me expectantly waiting for a similar, if not worse, experience than those I had already endured. To my considerable amazement I have had my negative opinions thoroughly quashed. Tony Coates and the magnificent team at Birchall Blackburn Law have been outstanding from day 1 of, what has turned out to be, a very complex sales process.

Communication has been prompt, specific and clear to understand. Tony has provided guidance when necessary, even when that guidance has not been what I have wanted to hear and the level of professionalism that has been displayed in each and every interaction has been consistently first rate. Tony has demonstrated his ability to quickly adapt to hurdles , both expected and unexpected, and he has always kept me informed and discussed with me the various options I have available.

I cannot thank Tony and his team enough for all the work they have put in for me – you have all been genuinely fantastic.

I have worked with solicitors for many years I am 56 years old and I have found very few very helpful conscientious solicitors that have given me open honest and Wise advice and without charging a fortune for this information. Whenever I have asked for quotes I have found Birchall Blackburn very competitive and very competent. I have dealt specifically with Tony coates and his team on commercial and personal transactions. I've been very impressed with how often they have saved me money by offering sound Advice and Solutions that were unknown to me which really helped to make matters fast and smooth without serious costs.

And the thing I like most about them is the personal touch that they have and the communication which has been second to none everything has been dealt with fast and efficiently with full transparency help and explanations to understand the full legal implications with every part of the work carried out..
I've started to use Tony Coates and his team at Birchall Blackburn for all my legal solicitor work within my business where I own several commercial warehouses and also in selling personal property where they have dealt with many sales and purchases.

I would be the first to give them a five star rating. From the moment I had the first telephone call with Tony I have not looked back, always been very impressed had times where they've been able save me thousands of pounds with Solutions and great negotiation when we have often worked with terrible solicitors that were trying to make every penny from every problem. Tony almost had a skill to turn them around and bring and keep things Brief and to the point.

First class service thank you Birchall Blackburn I am a very happy customer.


Birchall Blackburn and its representative Tony Coates originally acted for a seller I was buying a property from, I was so impressed with their service for the other side I decided to use them on my next development and I have not been disappointed. Over the last 18 months I have received excellent service as well as quick responses and helpful staff. I have been thoroughly impressed by their service and look forward to using them again in the near future.

Commercial Property
As you know, you were the counterpart in my first deal in the UK and once I saw how you work, I knew you had to be on our side for future lease contracts.

We think of you as part of our team as you give us the confidence that all the issues and details are being checked properly. This is really important for a foreign company like us that does not know the details of the UK laws.

The Cosentino Group

Commercial Property Sale
I had the pleasure of working with Tony Coates at Birchall Blackburn Law when I was selling my flower shop in East Sussex this Spring. I had informed Tony that the reason for the shop sale was due to a recent medical diagnosis which required as quick a sale as possible; Tony ensured that everything was done as quickly and efficiently as possible. I was able to contact Tony by email and phone with any questions that I had and he even answered the phone after hours one evening when I had planned on leaving a message. I was very impressed with how easy he made this for me; I felt that I was kept informed with all of the different stages and any set backs that might occur. My shop sale completed in seven weeks instead of the three months I had been expecting. I would highly recommend his services.

Viva Verde

Commercial lease
I would like to thank Tony Coates of Birchall Blackburn Law for all his hard work and professionalism in dealing with the assignment of the lease for the Old John Peel Inn, he made a point of involving us at all stages and made a daunting process a little easier to understand and eventually complete. Should I ever need to involve the services of a competent and able solicitor in the future, Tony will be the first person I contact! Thanks once again.

John Peel Ltd

Commercial Property
The service I got from Tony Coates and his team was excellent. I found Tony really easy to talk to, he explained every step of the way in a way that was clear & easy to understand. The whole experience was a pleasant one, emails were always answered promptly and professionally.
I think I was first in touch with Tony early to mid Feb and we completed the sale of my business on 4th April 17. From one very happy client!

Newton Hair Design

Commercial Lease
The team at Birchall Blackburn Law helped us a turn around a detailed commercial lease. We are delighted with the firm’s professionalism and look forward to working with them again.

Managing Director of Kare Plus

Commercial Lease
Just a short note to thank you and your team for achieving the almost impossible – turning around a detailed commercial lease in less than 10 days from start to finish! It was really important for us to complete on the lease by our extremely tight dead line so that we could move into our new offices before the end of the month. You took on the challenge and worked extremely effectively and professionally to ensure you achieved this for us.

Over the years I have engaged some of the largest law firms in the world both in the UK and internationally and the service you provided on this transaction ranks up there with the best of them. All our future commercial property work will be coming your way!

Alcedo Blue Limited

Commercial Property
I have recently used the services of Birchall Blackburn Law for the potential purchase of a commercial property using a SIPP. I dealt with Tony Coates in your Southport office.
I would like to express how satisfied I was with Tony’s professionalism, competency and efficiently in dealing with myself, the Vendors solicitor and the SIPP provider over the potential purchase. I constantly felt that Tony had my own interests at the forefront of all his negotiations, especially in relation to the contentious ‘contract of sale’. It was also with the help of Tony’s knowledgeable advice that the purchase did not materialise due to the renovation costs far outweighing the future returns on the investment.
I am still looking for an investment property for my SIPP; and would have no hesitation in using Tony and his team at Birchall Blackburn Law Southport again for the conveyancing. Excellent service.

Variety Christmas Savings Club Limited