Samantha Knowles Search Consultant

Sam Knowles

I aim to be helpful, hardworking and knowledgeable. I take pride in delivering a premium service at all times. I am consultative, accessible 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.


Based in the South of France, Samantha has more than 16 years of global recruitment experience partnering with a broad range of international companies based across mainland Europe. She has a 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 completed 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 and in off-shore jurisdictions.

By way of background, Samantha qualified as a UK solicitor in 1994 and practiced commercial litigation for three years before moving into legal recruitment with a legal recruitment organization based in London. Initially supporting the company's 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 and pets, Samantha relocated to the South of France where she set up one of the organization's French offices near Toulouse. There, she continued to work closely with existing and developing local, European, US and other multinational clients to support their key recruitment needs. In 2015, she was invited to head up the company's research function, with responsibility for global research initiatives, helping to drive business across the group through executive search and selection.


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)