Sharon Kirkham

Sharon Kirkham

Partner


Areas of Expertise

Sharon deals with the charging of properties owned by Registered Providers to bond issues, private placements and syndicated and bilateral facilities of amounts varying from £1 million to £450 million and deals with large-scale refinancing transactions. Sharon is seeking to achieve ‘stress-free securitisation’ in the sector by giving free Security Training Seminars to Registered Providers throughout the whole of England and Wales.


Experience

Sharon joined Devonshires Solicitors as a Trainee Legal Executive in 1994, having previously worked as a Legal Secretary for a number of years. Since she has risen to become a Senior Partner and Head of the Securitisation department. She has just celebrated 20 years with the firm.


Directories

Sharon is ranked as a key individual (Tier 1) in the field of Social Housing Finance by Chambers and in the Legal 500. Chambers states that “The Securitisation Team is a first class and integrated practice and Sharon is highly respected and noted for her calmness despite the frenetic activity and tight timetable of a bond issue”.

The Legal 500 highlights Sharon for her “positive and proactive attitude” as well as her excellent management of the property charging team, which is described as a “well-oiled machine”.


Conferences


Education


Personal

Sharon enjoys horse-riding and, despite breaking her ankle in a horse-riding accident in November 2014, has recently bought her own horse!


Testimonials


Get in touch


020 7880 4268
07932105777
sharon.kirkham@devonshires.co.uk
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London Office
Devonshires Solicitors LLP
30 Finsbury Circus
London
EC2M 7DT

PA: Anna Napolitano
020 7065 1854
anna.napolitano@devonshires.co.uk

Notable Cases

Sharon led on the charging by Christian Action (Enfield) Housing Association of properties to secure their £50 million private placement which involved the charging of just under 500 properties which all required new Certificates of Title.

Sharon led on the charging by Riverside Housing Group of properties to secure their £250 million own name bond issue and in refinancing their syndicated loan to three bilateral loans. This involved the charging of just under 7,000 units to the Bond and the refinancing of just over 4,000 units to the three bilateral loans which involved a mixture of existing Certificates of Title with Top Up Letters, Collateral Warranty properties with Top Up Letters and new Certificates of Title.

Sharon acted for Merlin Housing Society in charging properties to secure their £40 million private placement and a new £100 million facility with Lloyds which involved the charging of just over 8,000 units, involving a mixture of Top Up Letters due to Collateral Warranties being relied on and new Certificates of Title.

Sharon acted for Swan Housing in charging properties to secure their £250 million own name bond issue and in refinancing their syndicated loan to three bilateral loans which involved the charging of just under 7,000 units to the Bond and the refinancing of just over 4,000 units to the three bilateral loans which involved a mixture of existing Certificates of Title with Top Up Letters, Collateral Warranty properties with Top Up Letters and new Certificates of Title.

Sharon acted for a number of Registered Providers borrowing funds under the Affordable Housing Guarantee programme, including Adactus, AmicusHorizon, Gateway, Coastline, Network, Riverside, Selwood and Fortis Living.

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