Careers in our Shanghai office

Simmons & Simmons’ Shanghai office opened in 1995. The firm was one of the first international law firms to open in China. Today, we are located in heart of the commercial area on Nanjing Road West, a street renowned for its mix of modernism and tradition.

Nanjing Road is in the central District of Jing’An, home to the best architecture, restaurants, high-end office buildings, and shopping centers the city has to offer. Our office building is conveniently situated above the Jing’An Temple metro station, a major metro line intersection.

The office is very close to the 2000-year-old Jing’An Temple and Jing’An Park where you can experience tranquility amid the surrounding skyscrapers. The former French Concession is within easy walking distance and boasts an extremely popular sightseeing, residential and dining area filled with both old Shanghai and Tudor style architecture.

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Legal Practice Areas

Our Shanghai office comprises local and international lawyers specialising in China related work across our firm’s key global practice and industry sectors, with a particular focus on:

We aim to be a first choice law firm for clients in the world’s fastest growing industries and therefore take time to understand the distinct demands that each client faces in order to provide a meaningful and valued service. We do this by offering deep commercial knowledge of each of our key sectors which underpin our international practice groups. For more information, see our sector focus.

Opportunities for qualified lawyers to join Simmons & Simmons and develop their career in Shanghai may arise in both a fee-earning and a knowledge-based capacity. Please see profiles to learn more about examples of qualified lawyers in Shanghai and around the network to understand more about why they chose Simmons & Simmons and how their careers have developed at the firm.

Business Services

The business services function in Asia are largely based in our Hong Kong office and the team works closely with colleagues both from Hong Kong and across Asia as well as with the wider international network. Central services operate from the London office and provide additional support as needed, and colleagues work closely with their London and international counterparts on various international projects as these arise.

Please see profiles for examples of the types of roles open to Business Services Professionals at Simmons & Simmons and for insight into why our employees enjoy working with us, as well as information about their experiences since joining the firm. 


Rewards and Benefits

We offer a generous rewards package in line with our position as a leading international law firm.


In addition to acquiring firsthand experience of China related work, Simmons & Simmons’ Shanghai practice groups also offers you the opportunity to work closely with colleagues from all our other international offices and practices including our Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore offices. 

We also regularly advise international and local NGOs or other not-for-profit entities as part of our commitment to contribute to the community and give back to our society.

Social events

Within the Shanghai office, there are many opportunities for colleagues to get to know each other outside of the work environment through regular social events, such as office parties, karaoke nights, and every week’s Happy Friday afternoon tea.

Being based in the Shanghai office not only means that you are part of our Shanghai community, but also a member of our Greater China offices network. Each member of our Greater China offices, including Shanghai, Beijing, and lucky draw winners from the Hong Kong office, celebrate the Chinese new year together with a Spring Dinner followed by a small trip around the city. The Spring Dinner gives everyone a chance to enjoy food, drinks, games and music together, as a reward for the past year’s hard work.