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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, this is published 10 times per year and available in hardcopy and online via 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 and I am joint managing partner at the firm, 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.

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 at work I enjoy spending time with my friends (normally in the pub) and taking part in obstacle course racing and running 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.



Admitted as a partner in November 2017, I joined Butler & Co in December 1999 and I am a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) 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

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

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.


Russell Nash MA (Hons) ATT

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.


Stacey Parkinson

Stacey Parkinson MAAT Bsc (Hons)

I joined Butler & Co in early 2018 and am the Payroll & Bookkeeping Manager for the firm. With experience of working in large accountancy firms it has enabled me to work with a wide variety of businesses across many sectors. Unlike many commercial firms we avoid becoming just a processing centre, developing strong relationships with our clients to ensure we understand the quirks of their business and its transactions.

I always seek to give our clients the best value by looking at how I can improve their processes to make efficiencies to reduce their costs. Largely most improvement has been from the use of technology that both complements and helps to streamline the methods. With experience in many different software’s, both cloud based and desktop, we evaluate our clients’ wants and needs when making recommendations for improvements. Although we have a wide range of experience with many different software such as QuickBooks, Sage and Farm Plan, Xero accounting software is my favourite. I am regarded as the firm’s Xero specialist having worked with the software for more than 8 years, and I very much enjoy the challenges that clients face when looking to make changes to their bookkeeping and accounting processes.

Although I do not have an equestrian or farming background I can often be found at a race track, however rarely in the winners enclosure. In the rest of my spare time I attempt many sports and activities such as golf, shooting, football and tennis. But don’t be fooled I am certainly not as active as some of my colleagues and their crazy fitness challenges although I sometimes attempt to keep up with them. I am very partial to good food, good music and social drinks.


Elizabeth Priest

Elizabeth Priest ATT

I joined Butler & Co in 2012 and have pursued a career in tax. I qualified as a tax advisor in 2016 and I am now a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

Much of my work involves dealing with the day to day tax compliance and management/training of our tax apprentices. I prepare a wide variety of our client’s tax returns and often assist the managers with technical and tax planning matters. Due to my time with the firm I pride myself on having a strong knowledge of our client base, and I like to ensure that I fully understand each client’s position. I enjoy the Tax Return preparation process and see this as more than just the inputting of figures by also looking for ways in which our clients can mitigate their tax liabilities and what we can do to help them.

When I am not working you will find me riding my mountain bike out on the trails or seeing live music in the local pubs with friends.



Malcolm Gunn

Malcolm Gunn CTA (Fellow) TEP

I have been a consultant to Butler & Co for many years and they are a great team to work with. As a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a member the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, I have over 40 years of experience in advising on UK tax matters, with particular reference to inheritance tax and capital gains tax.

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. 

When I am not trying to solve tax problems, you may find me either listening to jazz rock and blues or else chasing my grandchildren round the garden, which is the only exercise I get these days but it saves me a membership at the gym.

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


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