How it all works

We know applying for a new job can be a daunting experience, so we want to provide you with information about our recruitment process so that some of the uncertainty is removed.

Our recruitment process is an important part of our culture. We want to build a more representative and inclusive workplace, so we know we need a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. So having a fair recruitment process is essential.

The recruitment process is a two-way process; we want to ensure successful candidates have the required skills and experience for the role but also fit in with how we work together, and their personal values align with our values  as they are our guiding principles.


We act with integrity, honesty and respect

Our colleagues and clients trust us to do the right thing
We hold ourselves accountable and deliver our promises
We value loyalty and our interactions are authentic and transparent

We pride ourselves in delivering service of the highest quality

We provide opportunities for our colleagues to be the best they can be
We go above and beyond for our clients
Aiming for continuous improvement, our people are empowered to drive quality outcomes for all

As an ambitious and innovative partnership, we adopt a progressive and inclusive approach

We adapt to the needs of our colleagues and clients
We champion work life balance and encourage a culture of continuous learning and development
We implement innovative ways of working and invest in new technology

Working together as one team we listen, communicate and support

We communicate and collaborate to support each other and build positive relationships
We seek to develop strong teams, to empower and to share knowledge
Everybody matters

As independent business leaders, our commercial strength supports the prosperity of our region and its people

We create strong networks and nurture longstanding relationships
Striving to do business in a socially responsible way, we encourage our teams to engage with our sustainability journey and support our communities
As an independent owner managed business, we understand the challenges facing our entrepreneurial clients

It is important that you take your time to find out about us so that when you do apply for a job you have enough information to feel like you are applying for the right role. To help you do this, ensure you understand the role, have a good understanding of what it is like to work for Clive Owen LLP , know about some of our social and charity events, what benefits we offer and how you can develop a rewarding career with Clive Owen LLP. If you like what you see and think you would be a great fit with the team, then we would love to hear from you.

To apply for any jobs, please use our search function on the careers page and submit your CV with any additional requested information.

The application process for any career can be daunting, with things to sign and interviews to attend. We want to take the stress out of this process so we can see your true personality and make sure we are the best fit for you!

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email:

Caroline Pigg, Learning and Development Executive.



Tips for your CV:

  • Ensure your skills and experience align with the role profile
  • Don’t forget to include details of any achievements, what was the outcome?
  • If you have managed a team, tell us about it. How big was the team? What was the scope of your work?
  • If you are a graduate, school, or college leaver with limited work experience, include school related projects, volunteering or paid work experience that demonstrate the relevant skills and knowledge required for the role
  • Keep it short. Ensure the key information required for the job is concise and precise

There is no requirement to provide a covering letter, it is entirely your choice. If you do decide to include one, it should be tailored to the job you are applying for and tell us why you would be suitable for the role, providing specific examples of the required skills and experience.

All about the interview:

Interviews allow us to assess your skills and see if you and the role are a match. They are also an opportunity for you to get to know us better. We use two types of interview questions:

  • Competency based questions – every candidate is asked questions on the key competencies of the role so that everyone is assessed fairly and consistently, and we can understand how you have behaved in specific work situations
  • Open-ended questions – we want to understand your experience, how your mind works, how you interact with people and what your strengths are
  • We will aim to understand how your values align with our company values, to ensure a cultural fit

Assesment Centres

For trainee positions, we hold an assessment centre which comprises of the following activities:

  • Welcome and additional information about the firm, role and qualification from our Training Partner
  • Lunch with our current trainees so you can learn more about our culture and the training
  • Group exercise to assess your communication, time management and problem solving skills
  • An interview, with the relevant departmental partner

What hours will I work?

We operate a flexible working policy, our core working hours are 9:30am – 4pm and we expect you to be in during these times. However, the office is open from 8am-6pm therefore you can choose a start and finish time that works around you and your life. You can also take part in our innovative 9-day fortnight, where you work extra time throughout the week to have a day off every fortnight.

What should I wear?

We do not have a strict uniform policy; however, our teams will typically wear smart clothes and shoes, and will often wear a smart office attire when visiting clients or attending events. You should always dress professionally. All members of our team will receive a jacket to wear in the office or for attending clients if you wish. We also have dress for your day on a Friday!

What kind of training and support will I receive to be successful in this role?

All members of our team will have access to support and development opportunities no matter where they are in their careers. We have a bespoke training programme called Aspire which covers different areas of professional and personal growth. We are dedicated to providing earn and learn roles and have even won a gold award from the 5% club for the last two years! You will also have a buddy to help support you through any needs you have, both pastorally and in your role.

What can I expect after the interview?

After your initial interview, we may invite you back for a second-stage interview with a Partner where will we discuss more about the job role and to make sure the role is a suitable fit. If you successful after the second stage, we will contact you in due course to advise!

What reasonable adjustments can you make for me?

If you need any reasonable adjustments for the application process, the interview process or  help to access our buildings  please just let us know, and we can discuss your specific requirements . We will try our best to accommodate all needs and have policies in place to ensure we are an equal, accessible firm for everyone.

When can I expect to hear back?

You will hear back from us within 4 weeks of applying if not sooner, we try to respond as quickly as possible.

How long do I get for lunch?

You must take a minimum of a 30-minute lunch, we do provide you with a 1-hour lunch as standard which gives you the flexibility to run errands or catch up with friends over a long lunch. However, you don’t have to take the full hour and can save your time as part of our 9-Day fortnight scheme or just finish earlier. It’s truly flexible to you and your life!

Is there parking available?

There is ample parking available at each of our four offices. Each of our offices is also located close to cafes, restaurants and local shops should you need to travel for lunch.

I don’t see a role that suits me, can I still apply?

We are always on the lookout for talented people. If you don’t see a current role that matches your skill set, please send us your CV to and we will keep you in mind for any future roles. We often alter roles to suit the right candidate as well so please do get in touch.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email:


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