Areas of Expertise
Sharon is Head of Securitisation at Devonshires. Her work involves advising Social Housing Providers on the property aspects of giving security. She is an expert in dealing with:
- largescale charging to Loan Facilities, Bonds and Private Placements
- refinancing exercises
- carrying out property charging due diligence for merger transactions
- dealing with uplifts in value on LSVT portfolios
- preparing the property information for asset and liability registers
- reviewing properties for acceptability for charging and maximising funding capacity
Sharon is seeking to achieve ‘stress-free securitisation’ in the sector by giving free Security Training Seminars to her clients throughout the whole of England and Wales.
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 celebrated 25 years with the firm in 2019.
Sharon is ranked as being in the Hall of Fame in the field of Social Housing Finance in the Legal 500 and is ranked in Band 2 in Chambers and Partners.
Chambers and Partners states that “Sharon Kirkham is organised and gets the job done.”
The Legal 500 highlights Sharon for her “commitment, understanding and support in securitisation work which is second to none” and includes a testimonial stating “never came across anyone like Sharon Kirkham; she is always available no matter what and she remembers everything from every charging exercise” as well as “She is an absolute expert and we can trust her completely”.
Sharon enjoys horse-riding (when she isn’t falling off and breaking something!)
Clients state that Sharon is a “highly motivated sorter-outer of anything property charging. Tremendous energy and commitment to the task”
A lawyer for the Bond Trustees has said that “Sharon has really first rate knowledge of the sector and has a great reputation for closing deals within time critical deadlines”.