Photographic portrait of Derek Leith
The oil and gas industry faces unprecedented change, at a time when taxation itself is evolving to cope with the digital economy and a greater demand for transparency.

Derek Leith

EY Global Oil & Gas Tax Leader

Advisor, commentator, speaker, believer, aspiring bassist and an avid Aberdeen Football Club fan.

Derek leads EY global oil and gas tax service. He is a regular media commentator, conference speaker and industry tax participator on oil and gas issues. He works closely with EY key oil and gas sector client teams to help ensure resource and professionals in sector deployed effectively to serve clients in an increasingly challenging environment of uncertainty and energy transition.

Derek has extensive experience advising on UK upstream tax issues for both UK and foreign investors, including multinational companies, private equity funds and National Oil Companies. This includes cross-border structuring, financing and transfer pricing issues.

Derek has a reputation for working collaboratively with clients to solve complex problems and build long lasting relationships.

He holds an MA in Politics and Philosophy from Aberdeen University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

How Derek is building a better working world

“Over the years I have worked with the oil and gas industry and government to achieve mutually beneficial fiscal changes.  As natural resource-rich countries react to the changing demands for energy and seek to attract inward investment I believe EY teams have a role to play in assisting clients and working with governments to develop fiscal policies that are fair to both investor and citizen.”