Samantha Knowles Search Consultant

Sam Knowles

I try to be helpful, hardworking, knowledgeable and fun to work with.

Samantha Knowles is a Consultant with our EMEA In-House Practice Group, where she helps drive business across the EMEA region. With her consultative and research focused background, Samantha is able to unearth, identify and proactively engage with some of the best talent across the region, adding considerable value, her personal experiences and insight at all stages of the search life cycle.

Samantha strives to be collaborative, ethical, accessible and consultative in her approach and she takes great pride in delivering the best quality service to her clients at all times.

She speaks native English and hopefully (by now!) fluent French.

She is married to Bill, a former UK solicitor. Together they have two children, Charles and Olivia, two dogs and one cat. Samantha enjoys try French cuisine and French wine and tries to keep fit by distance running several times a week as well as participating in the occasional Pilates lesson.


Based in the South of France, Samantha has more than sixteen years of global recruitment experience partnering with a broad range of international companies based across mainland Europe. She has built up strong knowledge of the legal and compliance landscape across the region and adds considerable value and experience supporting senior and mid-level legal and compliance appointments into the life sciences, manufacturing, technology and IT/media and publishing, FMCG, energy/construction/real estate/retail, luxury goods, automotive and transport/logistics sectors. She has transacted multiple searches across mainland Europe: Iberia, Switzerland, Germany, BENELUX, France, Italy and the Nordics. She has also supported bespoke in house mandates across UK and Ireland.

By way of background, Samantha qualified as a UK solicitor in 1994 and practised commercial litigation for three years before moving into legal recruitment with a Laurence Simons, a global recruitment organization based in London. Initially supporting Laurence Simons' emerging London Private Practice Team as a consultant, Samantha was invited to develop her role into a hybrid consultancy/research function enabling an executive research function, with a focus on domestic and international markets, to grow and thrive.

In 2003, with her husband, two young children family and pets Samantha was able to relocate to the South of France where she set up one of the organization's French offices near Toulouse, South West France. There, Samantha continued to work closely with existing and developing multinational clients, to support their key recruitment needs and in 2015, she was invited to head up the organization's Research function, with responsibility for global research initiatives, helping to drive business across the Group through executive search.


Samantha has made multiple placements over the years but of note:

  • General Counsel, technology, France
  • Director of Legal (Benelux), pharmaceutical, France
  • Legal Director, pharmaceutical, France
  • EMEA Regional Counsel, technology, Benelux
  • Head of legal ex US, manufacturing, Benelux
  • Chief Legal officer, technology, Benelux
  • General Counsel, manufacturing, Iberia
  • Leading Regional Counsel, medical device, Iberia
  • Head of Legal EEMEA, medical device, Switzerland
  • Legal Director, pharmaceutical, Switzerland
  • Assistant General Counsel, medical device, Nordics
  • Head of IP, packaging, Nordics
  • Chief Counsel, medical device, Nordics
  • Head of Privacy ex US, automotive, UK
  • Regional General Counsel, pharmaceutical, UK


Admitted as a UK Solicitor (1994)

Common Professional Examination in Law (1991)

BA Degree in Communication Studies with French and Italian 2:1 (1990)