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Property, agriculture and estates.
Partner and head of the firm's agricultural and estates team. Accredited as a specialist in agricultural law by the Law Society of Scotland; ranked by the The Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal directories who say that Odell 'excels at all aspects of land management.' She is praised by clients for her lateral thinking, depth of knowledge, and 'can do' attitude. Specialises in all aspects of rural property law, agriculture and estate work, including landlord and tenant issues, wind-farms and hydro schemes, and compulsory purchase. Leads the team responsible for the transport project work, including land assembly relating to three new railways in Scotland. She acts for a number of large landed estates and farmers as well as public sector clients, advising on a wide range of issues, from environmental to land reform and diversification. Recognised for her expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation, she is a regular speaker at conferences on that topic as well as on more traditional areas of rural practice.
Trained North East Fife District Council; qualified 1984; conveyancing assistant, Balfour & Manson; Connell & Connell; accredited specialist in agricultural law (Law Society of Scotland 2005); partner Brodies 2007. Publications of note: jointly responsible for 'Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Volume 'Compulsory Acquisition and Compensation'' (Butterworths 2008); regular contributor of articles to 'Farm Law' and 'Agricultural Law Association Bulletin'; 'Scottish Land & Estates: Land Business' and monthly columnist for 'Scottish Farmer.'
WS Society; Agricultural Law Association; Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association; Scottish committee member, compulsory purchase association; member, Women in Agriculture.
Wycombe Abbey School; University of Edinburgh (1982 LLB Hons; 1983 Dip LP).
Walking, classical music, literature, travel.
Agriculture and estates; Energy and natural resources; Transport - general