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Odell Milne

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Brodies LLP

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Real estate, land and rural business.


Partner in the firm’s land and rural business 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 LLP 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’, ‘Scottish Farmer’ and ‘Journal of the Law Society of Scotland’.


Law Society of Scotland. WS Society; Agricultural Law Association; Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association; Scottish committee member, Compulsory Purchase Association; Scottish Land and Estates Wayleaves committee member; member, Women in Agriculture.


Wycombe Abbey School; University of Edinburgh (1982 LLB Hons; 1983 Dip LP).


Walking, classical music, literature, travel.



Within: Transport

The ‚Äėvastly experienced‚Äô team at Brodies LLP¬†handles the spectrum of road, rail and shipping work. It is well placed to advise clients on high-value Scottish transport projects, particularly in relation to marine and rail infrastructure. The shipping and marine group is led by the ‚Äėpassionate‚Äô Duncan McLean, which spans contentious insurance, commercial and regulatory work, in addition to non-contentious matters including ship finance, sale, purchase and chartering. Roger Cotton¬†is a rail specialist whose ‚Äėknowledge of franchising procedures is a great strength to bidders‚Äô. Odell Milne‚Äôs ‚Äėoverall depth of expertise and pragmatic advice‚Äô is noted. The group is advising Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow Council on a proposed rail link between Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Airport, which is to be funded via the Glasgow City Deal. It continues to be instructed by Perth and Kinross Council in connection with a major road and bridge infrastructure project. On the shipping side, the team is advising Transocean on potential liabilities arising from the grounding of a large semi-submersible rig that occurred in August 2016. It is also the sole legal adviser to Lerwick Port Authority, handling matters including a decommissioning facility, the construction of a new quay, corporate deals and commercial developments by major industrial landlords.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Brodies LLP's team has vast experience in high-profile and business-critical litigation, with its workload spanning areas such as insurance, competition, IP/IT, shipping and pensions, among many other areas. Manus Quigg and Louise Shiels together have nearly 30 years of experience of construction disputes. Practice head Joyce Cullen has a 35-year track record in the commercial disputes arena, with a particular strength in banking and financial services litigation. Reflective of the high quality of the team, it includes a team of solicitor advocates across the offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen (two of whom are standing junior counsel to the Scottish government).  Corporate restructuring and insolvency experts Rachel Grant and consultant Colin McIntosh are acting for the liquidators of RFC 2012 Plc (in liquidation); the matter recently involved a UK Supreme Court appeal on employee benefit trusts used for the benefit of football players and executives. In 2017, Alan Calvert, Odell Milne and associate Adam McKinlay successfully represented a firm of solicitors and its indemnity insurers at the UK Supreme Court in a case arising from the drafting of notices to quit in  agricultural tenancies. Laura McMillan made partner in November 2017. Kenneth MacDonald is a name to note in Aberdeen. Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie and Robert Buchan are also recommended. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Odell Milne - Brodies LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Brodies LLP's¬†‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô practice¬†advises rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations across Scotland on all corporate, commercial and litigation matters. Odell Milne¬†provides ‚Äėan exceptional strategic overview‚Äô, and specialises in compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and utility work. ‚ÄėEfficient, intelligent and good under pressure‚Äô, Kirsty Macpherson¬†focuses on rural renewable energy matters.¬† Alex Buchan¬†has ‚Äėa commercial outlook‚Äô and particular sector knowledge in commercial rural estates. Noted for her ‚Äėgreat attention to detail in transactions‚Äô, Kate McLeish¬†advises clients on a range of agricultural holdings. The group advised the GFG Alliance on the $330m acquisition of eight Estates, which involved an extensive review of agricultural and renewables leases, grazing and residential tenancies. In another highlight, it assisted the Litchfield Family with the sale of the whole issued share capital of Tulchan Sporting Estates to a Russian businessman, in a transaction that was affected by land ownership reform and a high level of public scrutiny. Clive Philips¬†leads the practice.

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