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Birketts LLP

22 STATION ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, CB1 2JD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01223 326600
Fax:
Fax 01223 326629
Email:
Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Sara Sayer

Tel:
Work 01223 326763
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Education, Charities

Position

Senior Associate, Solicitor-Advocate, Head of Charities and Social Enterprise Team

Career

Sara is a Senior Associate, Litigator and Dispute Resolver and specialises in four areas:Charities (disputes and regulatory issues).

- Public law litigation (especially Judicial Review and Procurement Disputes).
- Charities (disputes and regulatory issues).
- Education dispute management (including student issues).
- 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.

Member

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.


East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Within: Rising stars

Sara Sayer - Birketts LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Cambridge

At Birketts LLP in Cambridge, 'the team is very well connected with the local community' and practice head Laurence Weeks 'gives good practical advice and is very responsive'. Weeks and rising star senior associate Maria-Christina Peyman are 'exceptional at dealing with clients' needs'. Clients also recommend up-and-coming associates Sara Sayer and Naomi Westcott. The firm handles commercial litigation in all its forms but has niche expertise in sectors such as shipping, education, public law, judicial review, procurement law, defence, and transport.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Birketts LLP has a claimant professional negligence practice that handles claims against solicitors, accountants and other professionals on behalf of clients across the UK. It also has a niche focus on negligent probate advice. Max Roessler in Norwich handles numerous claims against solicitors, the majority of which concern negligent property and transactional advice. Laurence Weeks is the lead partner in Cambridge, where senior associate Sara Sayer frequently defends defends colleges, universities and schools in actions brought against them for negligence.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Rising stars

Sara Sayer - Birketts LLP

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The charities and social enterprise practice at Birketts LLP has in-depth expertise in the sector thanks to a multi-disciplinary team led by non-contentious charity law specialist Liz Brownsell in Ipswich and Cambridge-based litigator and regulatory expert Sara Sayer, who are both senior associates. The firm's broad offering includes niche expertise in areas such as Retail Gift Aid, GDPR, fundraising law and regulation, ecclesiastical law, public procurement, state aid and immigration. It has a large roster of national charity clients. Another name to note is Erika Clarke, who advises on a wide range of non-contentious issues.

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East Anglia: Public sector

Health

Within: Health

Birketts LLP has developed a reputation as as a leading healthcare firm in the region and clients in the sector frequently call upon its corporate, employment, property, litigation and public law departments. Richard Eaton, who is a former non-executive director of an acute hospital trust, leads the practice. Public law expert Sara Sayer also plays a key role in the practice, which acts for NHS trusts, CCGs, primary care providers, and suppliers and manufacturers in the healthcare industry. The firm also has a dedicated care homes team.

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