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Meet the Butler & Co team.


Julie Butler FCA

Julie Butler FCA

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1980, I started Butler & Co in 1986. I am a farm and equine tax specialist and the author of Tax Planning for Farm and Land Diversification, Equine Tax Planning including the second edition titled Butler’s Equine Tax Planning and I am also co-author of Stanley: Taxation of Farmers and Landowners. In 2017 I became the editor of Farm Tax Brief. My articles are published in the national accountancy and tax press and my work has also been quoted and re-produced in all the broadsheets and financial pages as well as the online forum TaxationWeb.


We regularly provide consultancy services to other professionals and direct to private individuals please contact us direct for more information.

Lucy Knighton (nee Butler) MAAT

Lucy Knighton ACA MAAT

My career started at Butler & Co in 2007, I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

During my time at Butler & Co I have gained extensive experience across all aspects of rural businesses and operations with the focus of my work being on the Farming & Equine Department. I have developed a varied skill set due to my exposure to interesting and complex accounting and tax issues. I regularly assist a variety of rural entities and individuals with their day to day accountancy and taxation affairs, as well as assisting with achieving excellent results with HM Revenue & Customs enquiries. I also support our enquiry and consultancy team on work for other accountants and solicitors with complex farm tax enquiries on aspects regarding interpretation of accounts to achieve optimum income tax reliefs and maximum capital taxes protection.

Throughout my time with the firm I have progressed to carrying out a large amount of the firm's overall practice management and day-to-day operations in my positions as Accounts Manager, Senior Accounts Manager and Partner in the firm. In March 2019 I became joint managing with my mother Julie.

I grew up on the family farm in Bramdean with a family who has a passion for horses, which gives me an affinity with my clients and a real understanding of their issues. When not working I spend my time with my husband and our two dogs, and also take part in tough mudder events.


Stephen Slater FCA

Stephen Slater FCA

I am a Partner of Butler & Co and also the managing director of Butler & Co (Bishops Waltham) Limited. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and trained with a firm in Southampton and worked for several practices mainly in the Southampton area before joining Butler & Co and becoming a partner in 1993. I have great experience providing excellent client care and quality solutions to local businesses and individuals.

Andy Case FMAAT


Admitted as a partner in November 2017, I joined Butler & Co in December 1999 and I am a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Much of my work at Butler & Co is in the area of OMBs (Owner Managed Businesses) and SMEs (Small and Medium Size Enterprises). I deal with the compliance of limited companies, both statutory accounts and corporation tax, together with the compliance related matters of sole trades and partnerships. I place a strong emphasis on maintaining client relationships and particularly enjoy this aspect of working life – as a direct result of this approach many of my clients have been with me for over ten years. I feel privileged to be part of such a well-established and friendly firm and one that always puts client interests first. I live fairly locally to Alresford with my wife and three young children. My weekends are usually taken up ferrying my children to endless football tournaments or training, dancing or horse riding lessons…! But when I do get spare time I like nothing more than to relax and listen to music with a nice glass of wine (or something stronger!).


Key Staff

Fred Butler

Fred Butler MSc ATT

I joined the Butler & Co Tax Team in 2012, and have progressed to the role of Tax Manager in the Farm & Equine Department. I am a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT), and hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Bristol. I am currently studying for my Certificate in Probate and Estate Administration.

Working in the Farm & Equine department allows me to draw on a rich background of personal experience, having grown up surrounded by horses on the family farm. I continue to ride and remain heavily involved in the equine and farming industries at a personal level. This allows me to bring real life experience to the tax issues faced by my clients, and apply a level of knowledge and understanding that can sometimes be difficult to find in a mainstream accountancy practice.

Although I am by nature a general adviser, I specialise in Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax issues, with an additional focus on probate matters and deceased estates. In addition, I have developed a specialism in structuring equine businesses for maximum tax efficiency, and work as part of a dedicated enquiry team with a focus on Inheritance Tax mitigation.

We regularly provide consultancy services to other professionals and direct to private individuals please contact us direct for more information.

Matthew Howells CTA FCCA

Before my move into practice I spent 15 years working in senior finance roles within large and FTSE100 companies. I believe this experience has given me a strong sense of the kind of guidance and advice people and businesses owners are looking for from their tax adviser and accountant. I believe the essence of good advice is that it should address the issues, be to the point and communicated in jargon free language.

Since qualifying as a chartered accountant then moving from industry to practice eight years ago, I have provided general consultancy, specialising in personal and owner managed business tax planning and compliance. I qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2016.

The demand from my two young children to participate in Lego, video games and gluing stuff together and painting it takes up most of my spare time; but I still manage to get out a few times a year to play golf badly and make excuses for it in the pub afterwards.


Callum Bachelor MAAT

I joined Butler & Co in July 2016, and am now Senior Accounts & Audit Manager. I am a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and a student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

My role exposes me to a wide range of accounts, audit and tax scenarios, providing me with a sound knowledge of the reporting and taxation requirements of a wide variety of industries, entities and individuals. I offer commercial and compliant solutions to my clients, with a focus on identifying ways to add value and proactivity through the development of a real understanding of their needs and aspirations. As an auditor, business health is also of prime importance to me, and I am always seeking ways to add value, and improve processes, controls and operations.

I am fortunate to be part of a firm that shares my working approach and ethos, as it is important to me that I am seen and regarded as a trusted adviser first, and an accountant second.

I live in Alresford with my wife, and when I’m not at the office you can find me taking part in the local pub quiz, taking walks in the picturesque surroundings or riding a jet ski!


Russell Nash MA (Hons) ATT

I joined Butler & Co in summer 2011, and I am now Accounts Manager mainly specialising in the Equestrian sector. I am a member of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).

I originally trained with a top twenty firm in South London, which introduced me to almost all aspects of accountancy.  Since joining Butler & Co, I have supported sole trade enterprise start-ups, helped Limited Companies further establish themselves in their chosen market sector, and done virtually every task in between!

My specialism is in the Equestrian sector, where my own personal interest in racing and the Olympic sport horse disciples - particularly three-day eventing - together with my practical experience, gives me a unique understanding of this often complicated and highly specialised industry and the distinctive, unique challenges enterprises operating here face.  I also focus on one-off forensic projects such as strategic business and cash flow planning, enterprise valuations and tax enquiry investigations.   

In my spare time, you’ll often find me doing something equine based, with trips to the races, predominantly at my favourites tracks of Fontwell, Sandown Park and Salisbury.  The 4* three day events at Badminton and Burghley also feature highly on my list of favourite events in the year.



Malcolm Gunn

Malcolm Gunn CTA (Fellow) TEP

I have been providing tax consultancy advice to Butler & Co for many years. I am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a member the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and have over 40 years of experience in advising on UK tax matters. I am currently the general editor of one of the main authorities on inheritance tax law, Foster’s Inheritance Tax, and also author of Tolley’s Inheritance Tax and joint author with Julie of Stanley: Taxation of Farmers and Landowners.

We regularly provide consultancy services to other professionals and direct to private individuals please contact us direct for more information.


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