Sara Sayer

Partner, Solicitor-Advocate, FRSA


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‘Sara Sayer is very good quality and very good value. Her focus is on what her client’s objectives are, and she thinks creatively to achieve those objectives. Her broad litigation experience means she can deal with almost any dispute that crosses her desk with aplomb. She is pragmatic, robust and clear minded. She is far better than a safe pair of hands; I would trust her to run any dispute of my own.‘

Legal 500 [UK 2021]


Sara is a Partner, Litigator and Dispute Resolver and specialises in three areas:

  1. Administrative and public law litigation (especially Judicial Review and Procurement Disputes).
  2. Charities (disputes and regulatory issues).
  3. Education dispute management (including student issues).

Sara, our Head of Administrative and Public Law Disputes, 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 administrative and public law and regulatory issues including in the health sector.

Sara is also a member of the firm-wide Charities 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 and operates firm-wide.

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 is recommended and named as a 'Rising Star' by Legal 500 [UK 2021].  Clients in this edition say 'Sara in particular goes the extra mile for clients and is always available. Her broad public law practice gives her a very good perspective and facilitates practical problem solving'. Another adds ‘Schools advice from Sara Sayer is always spot on. Her availability, her wealth of experience and her careful cross-referencing with other colleagues’ expertise makes her hugely trustworthy'.

Sara is a Director and Trustee of the conservation charity, Magog Trust. Until spring 2018 Sara spent three years as a Trustee and Non Executive Director 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 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and former Vice Chair of her Parish Council. Sara qualified as a Solicitor in September 2002.

Legal 500 UK 2021 Rising Star