Oonagh McKinney

Oonagh McKinney

Partner & Head of Commercial Property
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Oonagh McKinney

Partner & Head of Commercial Property

Oonagh is an experienced solicitor and Head of Frettens’ commercial property team. She works closely alongside all of the other commercial teams to make Frettens a first choice for business clients.  Both Oonagh and her team are recommended in the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Legal 500, the independent guide to law firms in the UK.


Oonagh joined the firm as a partner in 2007 becoming Head of the firm’s Commercial Property team.

She is an experienced commercial property specialist and handles property transactions for a variety of commercial clients, including developers, banks, hotels and leisure operators, commercial landlords and tenants, care homes and retail clients.

A large part of the team’s commercial property work comprises landlord and tenant work, ranging from our longstanding relationship with Premier League Football Club AFC Bournemouth to commercial businesses taking industrial and office space.

Oonagh is also recognised as a specialist in social housing work acting for providers of Social Housing on a range of transactions from short term arrangements to multi million pound portfolios all over the UK.

  • Renewed training ground agreement with the local authority.
  • Long lease of new premises, legal charge, landlord works and retention of funds.
  • Acquisition of multiple leasehold premises for provision of social housing.  Deal involved sale of freehold and grant of leases.
  • Leases of horticultural glass houses.
  • Acquisition of multiple neighbouring properties for redevelopment.
  • Multi million pound refinancing involving multiple properties.


When she can Oonagh escapes to the beach or to Hengistbury Head with Bertie the Staffie. Oonagh enjoys live music and the theatre…in other words loves a bit of drama.

  • In what has been a quite unique year for us with ever changing circumstances we have found Frettens to be highly responsive yet also proactive with their support. Both Ben and Oonagh have been very accessible, competent and organised. Given the service received so far we would highly recommend Frettens  and will continue to use the team for all of our group companies going forward.

    Social Housing Developer
  • Thank you Oonagh and Kerry for your work, during what must have been, at times, a most frustrating period.  Your efficient work on our behalf has been most appreciated.

    Commercial Property Client
  • Oonagh and Ben were professional and provided clear guidance and I was supported throughout the whole process and they ensured that it all was completed successfully.Time after time they go above and beyond and put me and what I seek to achieve at the forefront of their work. 

    Non Executive Director in Social Housing
  • Frettens have been able to advise and represent my companies on various commercial transactions over the years. I have always found the staff and directors work together within their different fields to help and resolve my varied commercial requirements. They are always friendly and accessible and as a multi skilled local firm of Solicitors I would recommend them to others.

    Purewell Electrical
  • Oonagh McKinney provides a robust and encompassing approach to complex and interlinked property transactions, and provides a swift assessment of the issues when contractual items arise at the 11th hour in purchases and property contracts linked to planning.

    Commercial Property Client
  • Oonagh looked after me very well. I was completely in the deep end over a renewal of a lease and she definitely made things very easily understandable.

    Commercial Property Client
  • I particularly liked the fact that you were up front with fees.  The matter was dealt with very efficiently, it is just a shame that the solicitors acting for the other side were so tardy.

    Gloria O'Reilly - Commercial Property Client