Our partner legal search team is the market leader both in China and around the world. Our team has been responsible for some of the most high profile moves across the region and have built up an unrivalled track record at partner level. We have long established relationships with the majority of the leading US, UK and international law firms operating throughout Asia as well as many of the leading domestic PRC practices.

Each search is bespoke. We work with clients to establish exactly what talent would best benefit their business, updating them on the current market and advising in realistic terms how successful their search will be. 

Our Methodology

We approach all lawyers in a highly sensitive and confidential manner; introducing new opportunities only to those who we think fit our client’s instructions. We spend time with each of our clients to agree messaging before we approach the market in order to ensure that there is a consistent picture.

We have a dedicated research function and our team is continually mapping the market across China, Asia and around the world. Therefore, we are able to identify the right lawyers, with the right qualifications very quickly and to deadlines.  Our international network also means that clients have access to the very best talent around the world.

Once a short list has been agreed SSQ will manage the entire process: agreeing the messaging with the client; meeting with candidates in the first instance; setting up meetings for the client with candidates; advising on business plans; and helping clients formulate and deliver offers.

Our track record


  • Corporate partner, top international law firm, Beijing 
  • Corportate/energy/M&A partner, top international law firm, Beijing 
  • Corporate partner, leading US law firm, Beijing 
Banking finance

2x Banking finance partners, leading UK law firm, Beijing/Shanghai

Private equity

  • M&A/PE partner, top US law firm, Beijing
  • Private equity/real estate partner, top UK law firm, Hong Kong 
  • Private equity partner, leading US law firm, Singapore 

  • IP team, leading UK law firm 
  • IP & litigation team, leading US law firm 
  • 2x IP/litigation partners, leading Chinese law firm 
  • IP partner, top UK law firm
  • IP partner, leading US law firm 

  • 3x Partner team, projects & disputes, top UK law firm