Family Businesses. Owner Managed Businesses. 


Commercial & Tax Advice. Tax Structuring. Succession Planning. Business Restructuring. 


Family Businesses. 


Derek Mitchell is Chief Operating Officer of our Aberdeen office. He is also part of our Business Advisory team and specialises in advising family businesses.  

Based in our Aberdeen office, Derek is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all divisions in that office.  

Derek can advise clients on a wide range of issues, from tax structuring, succession planning to general commercial business advice.  


“My operational role as the Managing Partner of the Aberdeen office involves ensuring that our business units in Aberdeen are aligned and that we co-ordinate our efforts and resources to deliver awesome client service.  

As the business grows across locations and we bring in other firms, we need to identify what’s best practice, learn from each other’s business, then embed across the group. I’m very motivated by combining best practice and seeing how that allows us to move forward on our journey and deliver the best solutions for our clients.”


“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work in a business that’s growing, dynamic, and disruptive in its marketplace. Being able to bring people into AAB, train them and give them the same opportunity that I’ve had is fundamental. I’m really passionate about creating career opportunities for people joining and working in the business today.  

One of our reasons for focusing on growth, is to continue to create opportunities for our people and our clients. The most satisfying thing for me is seeing other people fulfil their aspirations and knowing that I had a little bit of a helping hand in their success. That really matters to me.” 


“The future really excites me. We want to continue to grow, continue to innovate and move forward on our digital journey. Across the group we have innovative technology already, but it’s exciting to see our tech roadmap and know the speed at which we can now deliver on that and reach digital maturity.  

We focus on using technology to change and improve how we deliver services to clients. It’s about process automation and efficiencies, but more importantly making our clients’ journey easier. Technology allows us to spend more time with clients and focus more of our energy on delivering value adding advice. That’s what success looks like for me over the next few years.” 


“I get a real kick out of being able to provide innovative, bespoke solutions for our clients that get them to where they aspire to be. I want my clients to feel totally supported. My client focus is around how do we grow the business; how do we protect the business; and how do we ensure that it’s done tax efficiently.  

For me, the personal care and attention that I give my clients is absolutely key to what I do. Often, it’s about rolling my sleeves up and ‘getting in the trenches’ with a client to support them. The advice I give can make a big difference to a client; it can help them achieve their goals with support and confidence and that’s hugely rewarding for me.”   


As of 15 April 2022 Derek is on sabbatical from the business and will return later in the year. For any queries regarding Private Client please contact Jill Walker; for any queries regarding Business Services or Business Advisory Group please contact John Beevers; or for Aberdeen Office enquiries, please contact Steven Fraser.