Sara Sayer

Senior Associate, Solicitor-Advocate, FRSA

Sara Sayer is ‘first rate – clever, knowledgeable and personable’.

Legal 500 [UK 2017]


Sara is a Senior Associate, Litigator and Dispute Resolver and specialises in four areas:

  1. Public law litigation (especially Judicial Review and Procurement Disputes).
  2. Charities (disputes and regulatory issues).
  3. Education dispute management (including student issues).
  4. General commercial litigation (especially Partnership disputes).

Sara, our Head of Public Law, advises on a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters for our corporate, commercial, and UK public sector clients, from handling and resolving complaints and disputes pre litigation, to advising and representing clients involved in litigation especially for or against public bodies in procurement disputes and Judicial Reviews across many sector areas including Tax and Planning. Sara also advises on a wide range of contentious general public law and regulatory issues.

Sara is also Co-Head of the firm-wide Charities and Social Enterprise Group and as such has an overview of the sector and its issues and attends national and regional conferences of bodies such as ACEVO and NCVO. Her particular specialism is in disputes and litigation especially in dealing with regulatory bodies including the Charity Commission and HMRC, regulatory and compliance issues, investigations and enforcements.

Sara has further specific expertise in the education sector which includes advising colleges, universities, independent schools and quangos on litigation and student issues such as complaints, discipline, appeals, safeguarding, fitness to practise and other internal hearings and advising on Office of the Independent Adjudicator complaints.

Sara is based in our Cambridge office.

Other Information

An accomplished presenter, Sara speaks at a number of varied events on issues ranging across disputes, the charity sector and education and writes for sector media.

Sara, who co-heads the Charities Team, is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2017] and listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide. She is praised for being "first rate - clever, knowledgeable and personable". Earlier editions describe her as "tenacious" and say she has "considerable experience in partnership disputes" and on charity issues is "a delight to work with".

Sara is a Director and Trustee of Cambridge Live the new non-profit distributing organisation governing, managing and operating Cambridge’s Corn Exchange, Guildhall and Folk Festival and other live arts and entertainment events in Cambridge. She is also Vice Chair of her Parish Council and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.