Clark Willis is a Tees Valley and North Yorkshire modern law practice, with a strong heritage of over 50 years, based in the centre of Darlington with an additional office in Northallerton .

Whatever your field of expertise, we are always interested in hearing from outstanding, talented, and ambitious people in Family, Private Client and Residential Conveyancing who are looking for a new challenge and to develop their career. We work with a diverse client base and are currently expanding and so also welcome speculative applications from other disciplines who can evidence a client following and increase our services.

If working for a recruitment agency, please do not send CVs unless asked to do so.



Role: Private Client Solicitor / Associate
Location: Darlington and/or Northallerton
Hours: Full Time (Part time considered)
Experience: 5+ PQE


  • Salary: Subject to experience
  • Bonus Scheme 
  • Career Progression Structure
  • Hybrid Working Scheme

The Role

An opportunity has arisen for a experienced Private Client solicitor / Associate or Senior Associate to join our highly regarded and growing Private Client team due to the continued demand for services within the department. The work will include the full spectrum of Private Client work including Wills, LPAs, tax planning, estate administrations and trust work for member of the public and HNW individuals.

You will become an integral part of  the future of the department and the successful candidate will also be willing to take part in business development alongside the rest of the team.

STEP qualifications (or working towards) SFE membership and experience with agricultural and business clients  would be advantageous but not essential and the firm would support continued development and training.

The role is primarily a full time position however a part time position would be considered for the right candidate.

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to

Role: Senior Private Family Law Solicitor / Associate / Senior Associate

Location: Darlington and/or Northallerton
Hours: Part Time or Full Time
Experience: All experiences considered (a minimum of 5 years PQE preferred)


  • Salary: subject to experience
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Career Development Structure
  • Hybrid Working Scheme

The Role

An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Associate / experienced Solicitor to join us and lead our Private Family Law team within our highly regarded Family law department.

As an experienced Family solicitor, you will become an integral part of a successful Family team, handling a diverse caseload of private family matters including divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, children issues, separation agreements and civil partnerships. You will gain excellent exposure to a varied caseload and in one of the few firms in the region to offer mediation services.

The successful candidate will have family panel membership or resolution accreditation and be willing to take part in business development.

The role is predominantly to be based at our Darlington office, although flexible working and/or being based at Northallerton could be available if geographically preferential for the successful applicant.

Ideally applicants will have a minimum of 5 yrs post qualification experience to be able to handle a caseload on arrival, although candidates with lesser experience may still apply and be successful.

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to

*strictly no agency application at this time*

Role: Legal Secretary - Residential Property
Location: Darlington
Hours:  Full Time
Salary : Dependent on experience

The Role

An opportunity has arisen for a legal secretary to join our busy and expanding Residential Property team at our Darlington office.

Duties will include:

  • Liaising with clients over the telephone and in person
  • To prepare correspondence and legal documents accurately from dictation and in a timely manner
  • To regularly maintain an effective filing system, archiving and retrieving files from storage when required and opening and closing files
  • To undertake administrative tasks such as copying when necessary
  • Diary management for any fee earner you are supporting

The ideal candidate

  • Will have experience as a Residential Property (Conveyancing) legal secretary.
  • experience preferred (but not essential)
  • Will have excellent communication skills and a good telephone manner
  • Someone with excellent organisation and time management skills

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to

Applying to Clark Willis

We never discourage any application for any position at any time, although due to the volume of applications we receive we cannot always guarantee to reply to each and every one.

If you are interested in joining our practice and would like to send to us your c.v. please email it to our Practice manager, Nichola Waugh, at who will consider it when the next vacancy arises.

If there are no specific roles listed on this page then we have no current advertised vacancies but will always consider speculative applications from qualified applicants.

Applications from Solicitors

We are always looking for highly motivated, dynamic individuals with a passion for the law and their feet firmly on the ground. We want to recruit effective lawyers with a good track record of working in high street practice and who may have earned Law Society accreditation on one of the many panels. We also encourage applications from those professionally qualified staff who may wish to work only part time. Any application would be considered in confidence.

Work Experience

We offer a limited number of unpaid work experience placements throughout the year, providing an insight into life at a busy law firm. During a work experience placement you will meet people from across the firm and gain real hands-on experience by sampling work within the different departments.

Unfortunately we do not currently have any work experience placements available for 2023.

Training Contracts

The firm is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a training establishment and we are always looking to attract new talent both in a professional capacity and a support role. Unfortunately, however, we do not currently have any positions available.

Applications from Support Staff

We value the importance of support staff who carry out a variety of different types and levels of work. Our staff deal with the transcription of dictated letters and documents, with client enquiries both in person, by email and by telephone, attend to general administration matters such as the delivery of documents, preparation of mail, data input, and attending court to assist our lawyers and barristers. If you are proficient in the use of email, internet and also able to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and have had previous experience of working within a legal practice, this would be an advantage when applying. The firm uses an electronic digital dictation system upon which a successful applicant will be given training. We are always happy to accept applications for support staff, and if we have no current vacancies we will keep your application on file for a period of 3 months so that if a vacancy should arise we can consider you. We also encourage applications from those who may wish to work only part time. Any application would be considered in confidence.