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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Alison Key

Work 0161 934 3166

Work Department

Real estate.


Alison leads DAC Beachcroft’s Manchester real estate team and has undertaken a wide variety of commercial property matters including numerous acquisitions and disposals of both freehold and leasehold properties for the private and public sector including options and conditional contracts. Alison has also acted on major schemes for the public and private sector. She is currently advising Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council in relation to major town and city centre redevelopment schemes. Alison is responsible for managing a team of lawyers involved in all forms of asset management, acting for landlords and tenants for clients such as Westfield, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, Intu Properties Plc, Chester Properties and Development Securities. Sources describe Alison Key as ‘known for providing an excellent service in terms of quality and timeliness of all required inputs’ – Chambers and Partners UK 2013 edition and ‘”focused and motivated” practice head Alison Key advised across the public and private sectors...’ Legal 500 UK edition 2012, real estate, North West. Alison Key’s team is valued for its approachability, strength in depth, and response times – Legal 500 UK, 2010 edition, commercial property, North West.


Trained Vaudreys; qualifed 1997; partner Beachcroft LLP (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2004.


Leicester Polytechnic (LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law, Chester (LSF first class).

North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DAC Beachcroft LLP  ’s work spans the full gamut of local government requirements from constitutional and governance advice to projects and litigation. In Manchester Jan Levinson is recommended for commercial litigation and Alison Key for real estate matters. Legal directorRachael Reynolds  is leading the advice to St Helens Borough Council on the implementation of and compensation issues surrounding the compulsory purchase of land at Newton le Willows station. Other major clients include Oldham Council, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester

Within: Commercial property: Manchester

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘responsive and commercial’ department is ‘very thorough’ and specialises in large scale asset management work, fund management, property finance, residential and commercial developments. Team head Alison Key led advice for Hermes Real Estate Investment Management on the £322.5m sale of three of its major retail outlet centres to Land Securities and also led advice for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, as administering authority for the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, on the purchase of the Morgan Quarter, Cardiff. Peter Williams handles property finance and corporate occupier work and advised Property Alliance Group on the £9.5m acquisition of two office buildings in Leeds. Adrian Wallbank acts for property developers, owners and occupiers, and has particular experience in the retail sector, and worked alongside colleagues in the firm’s national network of offices, in advising Royal London on the launch of its new UK property fund.  Legal directors Liz Donnelly, Rachael Reynolds, who was recently promoted and Leanne Murray, who heads the residential development team, are also recommended, as is senior associate Nick Molloy. Nick Beko joined gunnercooke LLP in 2017.

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