Sara Sayer > Birketts LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP

Work Department

Education, Charities


Partner, Solicitor-Advocate, FRSA


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 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.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge

(Next Generation Partners)

Sara SayerBirketts LLP

In Birketts LLP‘s Cambridge office, ‘the litigation team has a great breadth of knowledge and always puts the clients’ objectives at the forefront of any engagement’. Practice head Laurence Weeks is ‘a great litigator and problem solver, who always agrees the plan of attack based on the clients’ needs’. The firm has specialist expertise in shipping, education, public law, Judicial Review, procurement law, defence and transport, and is particularly well-known for its work involving fraud, insolvency and professional negligence. Talented practitioners Sara Sayer, who leads on public and administrative law, and Maria-Christina Peyman, play pivotal roles in the practice.