We are a leading firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in the North of England.

We have offices based in Darlington, Durham and York.

Whilst our services include traditional accountancy services such as audit, accountancy, payroll and tax compliance, we have developed on these core services over the last 36 years to become one of the largest and most trusted professional firms in the North. Our services and proposition extends to advice in respect of grant applications, tax and wealth planning, corporate finance, IT and managed services.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Tax Planning, Grants, Audit, Corporate Finance, Payroll, IT, Managed Services

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Contact Details

  Person Lee Watson
  City Darlington
  Postcode DL3 7RT
  Address 140 Coniscliffe Road
  Phone Number 01325349700

Business Representative

Lee Watson

Tax Director

Products & Services

Tax Expertise, Corporate Finance, Grants, Audit, IT, VAT, Payroll

We are an independent and commercially driven regional accountancy firm providing value added services to corporate/commercial, public sector and private clients.

The firm has developed a position over the past thirty five years as one of the largest and most trusted professional firms in the North East. This has been achieved through a relentless focus on the needs and aspirations of our clients – hard working people in regional businesses of all shapes and sizes.

  • I would recommend this business

I’m the Founder & Director of Humanly, an award-winning design studio specialising in human-centred design for social impact. We engaged Clive Owen LLP to help us access an Innovate UK grant during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a difficult time for many businesses, and we were concerned about the paperwork which initially looked quite daunting.
We dealt with Carl Wright who was great from the start. He took the time to talk us through the project, so we had a good understanding of what was required from the outset, which was very reassuring. In fact, Carl made the whole process simple and his experience and expertise were invaluable. After the first call he provided me with a useful template to capture all our expenditure in one place and this turned out to be an indispensable resource for us. If you are looking for grants support, I highly recommend Clive Owen LLP. They were efficient, supportive and went above and beyond to help us with the project. They are also nice people to deal with.

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  • I would recommend this business

Our experience over the past six years of working with Clive Owen has been excellent at every level. They provide expert financial advice for our business and install trust and confidence in all our accounting requirements enabling us to concentrate on our day to day business.

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Customer Testimonials

Dealings with Gary Ellis and his team have always been professional and friendly. They have the knowledge I have needed and been able to communicate all I need to know clearly to guide me to the best informed decisions.

I would like to start off by thank you Lee, you made me feel at ease from your very first email, this continued throughout our many emails and in to our first meeting. Even though I was feeling overwhelmed at times, you explained the processes and need for information in a way that I could understand. I feel completely supported and valued as a customer and I’m so glad I found an accountant I feel comfortable with.

Ben you are an absolute pleasure to work with, thank you for all your help around the accounts and creating the yearly rental spreadsheet for me, I’m sure it will make my life 100% easier and it will for sure make your life easier going forward .

Thank you both so much for all the work and dedication you have provided me throughout the disclosure, I can’t thank you enough. You are both professional and supportive a great combo.

I have worked with Clive Owen since I started my business and they have encouraged and supported me at every stage of my journey.

I had high aspirations for growth from the start, including internationally. Clive Owen LLP were recommended to me because of their breadth of expertise and experience. The added value services and resources they offer in terms of VAT expertise, tax knowledge and grants support have proved invaluable to my business.

If you are considering starting a business, don’t underestimate the value of working with a well-established firm of accountants and business advisers. The initial investment will reap rewards in supporting your growth, and providing proactive insight and direction at key stages of development.

I highly recommend Clive Owen LLP and have nothing but praise for Kevin Shotton and the team. They are extremely professional, highly responsive and passionate about what they do. They are really nice people to work with.

I have had the privilege of dealing with Clive Owen and Tony Luckett for many years. The reputation of the firm is outstanding. They achieve excellent results and have helped me on many projects, particularly Durham School. They are one of the best firm of accountants in the North of England.


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From Our Website

Our combination of traditional accountancy and taxation expertise with business planning and support services provide a platform from which to base this proactive partnership.

As a member of Kreston we share experience and best practice with similar firms across the UK and where possible the world.

Whilst tax is virtually unavoidable, it is an event driven charge which means that you can plan, in advance of the event (in most cases) and therefore look to reduce the tax charge that the event may create by utilising a variety of reliefs and allowances. This isn't through the use of contrived or artificial tax schemes but through our knowledge of the legislation. It may be that the events has already happened but that you still need to consider tax planning in view of changes in legislation.

We believe that it is necessary to have a specialist tax team, working solely on tax matters. We know that many firms, in our local region, do not have this specialist tax expertise. The majority of our tax team are either Chartered Accountants or Chartered Tax Advisers or in some cases hold both premier qualifications. In fact, we have the largest number of Chartered Tax Advisers working in practice, (between the Tyne and the Tees), which is something we are extremely proud to recognise. The team are highly thought of, both internally and externally and between them they have well over 200 years' experience of working in tax - for international ("The Big 4"), national and regional practices, in a variety of capacities.

We have a high calibre of staff who understand our clients' needs and work closely with them acting as a sounding board. We have over 100 staff, 50% of whom are qualified Chartered or Certified Accountants.