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Samantha Knowles

Senior Director, Talent Acquisition & Delivery

Language(s): English, French


Samantha is a former UK solicitor and a personal development coach. Currently leading and managing an international team of researchers, she manages the delivery and execution function at Laurence Simons, working on closing international client mandates in Legal, Compliance, Privacy, IP and Legal Operations. Samantha has more than 25 years of executive recruitment experience across multiple verticals and jurisdictions, curating empowering, trusting and credible relationships with candidates and clients alike. She particularly enjoys working with companies looking to establish, mature and build out high performing teams, working on CLO and GC apppointments as well as Head of Compliance, Privacy, IP and Risk. Samantha's value add lies in her active listening, her ability to connect empathetically, to respond appropriately and inspire, generously. She also enjoys having fun along the way!

I have worked with the Laurence Simons team and Samantha more than once to recruit for our key subject matter experts. I have been very impressed with their service quality, especially their deep understanding of our business and the relevant talent pool. This allowed them to complete the recruitment successfully and efficiently. Samantha is great to work with and always goes the extra mile. I highly recommend her team.

VP & Regional General Counsel, Multinational Technology Manufacturing Company

Recent Placements

Director Licensing & Transaction, Biotech, USA AGC R&D Pharma, Denmark, Head of Compliance, Connectivity, USA Director of Compliance, Connectivity, USA Head of Culture, Telecoms USA Investigations Officer, Telecoms USA, EMEA Head of Sanctions, global diversified company, UK Head of Legal EMEA, Global Healthcare, Germany VP Privacy, Digital, Cybersecurity, Global Healthcare, UK AGC Cybersecurity, Global Healthcare, USA AGC Digital AI/ML Global Healthcare, UK Compliance Manager, aerospace, UK


UCLan Communications & Languages 1990 Law conversion course 1991 Chester college of Law 1992 1994 UK qualified Solicitor Lumina Spark Practitioner 2018 Personal Development Coach (awaiting graduation)


Life Sciences (pharma biotech, medical device. medical technology), Automotive and Connected Technologies, Renewable Energies, FMCG and many more.