Mike Butler, former chairman of Old Mill, has become the new agricultural partner for PKF Francis Clark. With 28 years in the industry, he is a very well-known figure across the south west.

Having specialised in the rural sector throughout his career, he works with clients in what is an everchanging and continuously challenging sector, with an emphasis on tax planning and mitigation.

With this experience and with ongoing family farming interests himself, Mike understands the challenges that the sector is facing.

Mike said: “I’m passionate about being straight talking, proactive and approachable, whilst delivering cost effective solutions. I like to help make a difference for my clients, whilst delivering it with a sense of humour.”

Managing partner from PKF Francis Clark, Andrew Richards, said: “Mike joins us with a wealth of experience in the agricultural sector and we’re thrilled that he is now joining our team. We are certain he will help us to further develop our offering in both Wiltshire and Somerset, in what is a very important sector for the firm.”

Brian Harvey, the firm’s head of agriculture added: “What makes Mike successful is that he genuinely cares about farming and his clients and most importantly he speaks a language that farmers understand.”