Keith Bouttell is head of the firm's Financial Services Department and was admitted as a partner in 2004. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996, joining Hardcastle Burton in the same year, and qualified as a financial adviser in 1998. His broad client base has a significant agricultural content but he also deals with accounting and taxation matters for a variety of general commercial clients. Keith specialises in advising high net worth individuals on taxation, estate and financial planning including advising on the use and implication of trusts, he completed the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners diploma in December 2007. Members of STEP include the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates, and this qualification recognises Keith's expertise in this area.