Samantha Oakley

Senior Consultant

Samantha has spent the last 6 years running her own legal consultancy firm, working with start-ups and SMEs, particularly in the media and tech sectors.  She has worked closely with them, advising on a wide range of commercial legal aspects of their business, creating a wide range of contracts to suit their needs and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, especially data protection. All with a view to supporting their expansion and growth.

Prior to that Samantha spent many years working in-house at some well-known tech and media companies so understands the business-first approach and how to find the best solutions, as well as how to work as part of the team.

Several of Samantha’s clients do business with global, publicly listed and well-known companies and appreciate how much this prior experience has helped them when either negotiating with such companies themselves or when she does so on their behalf (especially as she understands the balance between getting the best deal possible whilst maintaining good ongoing working relationships).

It is very important to Samantha to ensure that complex legal issues, especially in relation to the ever-changing areas around IP and data protection, are simplified and easily understood by her clients, therefore, ensuring that all issues are approached on a clear, pragmatic and risk-based basis.

Most recently Samantha has also been working with businesses who are purpose-led (e.g. BCorps, social enterprises and charities).

Relevant experience includes:

  • Creating bespoke terms & conditions for the sale of goods or provision of services for various clients, for them to use as their standard terms of business (including e-commerce, SaaS and software distribution and licensing).
  • Negotiating contracts on behalf of clients for the provision of services with well-known global companies.
  • Reviewing brand licences from well-known global brands for clients’ use on their products.
  • Drafting many different franchise agreements (for both franchisors and franchisees).
  • Drafting many different privacy policies & notices, data processing and data sharing agreements (and other correlating policies/procedures) and carrying out audits with clients to ensure compliance with data protection laws.
  • Drafting various different disclaimers and limitations of liability, particularly within the parameters of clients’ insurance policies.
  • Advising on the structure of companies, partnerships, JVs and supply chains to ensure my clients have as much control and protection as possible.
  • Advising on different business structures and constitutions for purpose-led businesses and social enterprises.

Fine Print

Key practices

Commercial Law

Intellectual Property (IP)

Data Protection

Education & Training

University of West London, College of Law

Legal roles

QinetiQ PLC

Symbian Ltd

TopUp TV Ltd

Channel 4

Comic Relief


A social cause I care about

I am a trustee of a local charity enabling disabled people to live independent lives. It is ‘pan impairment’ which means that we help anyone who identifies and being disabled, including people who identify as being ‘neurodiverse’. Disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the events of recent years, so I am passionate about achieving greater diversity, equality and inclusion, especially in the workplace, by promoting the Social Model of Disability (i.e. it is not about a person’s health condition or impairment, it is the barriers that society put in place that is the issue).

Other interests

I love to travel and have been to many different countries, including visiting some charity projects in Borneo, Cuba, India, Lesotho and Tanzania.  I am learning Spanish at the moment as I hope to visit South America next. I am currently trying to spend more time in nature (including doing beach cleans) and doing yoga and meditation.

I am also a founder member and corporate sponsor of The Good Business Club and am in the process of setting up a support group for BCorp founders and pending applicants.

Awards & Nominations:

Samantha is currently listed in the Legal 500 as a Rising Star in the Technology, Media and Telecoms section.

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