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The Compulsory Purchase Association Scotland


Scottish Chairman – Odell Milne

Odell Milne LLB (Hons), Dip LP
Brodies LLP

15 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh EH3 8HA
Scotland UK

Odell Milne LLB (Hons), Dip LP, Notary Public, Law Society Accredited Specialist in Agricultural Law. Partner, Brodies

Odell led Brodies’ market leading Land and Rural Business team between 2007 and 2016 and has many years’ experience advising on major infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and commercial developments. She is ranked by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for both agricultural law and transport, with the latter commenting that “sources suggest Odell Milne is "one of the top land property experts in Scotland”.  

Odell has particular expertise on all aspects of compulsory purchase, notably advising on legislation and procedure, managing land acquisition and compensation claims. She also has extensive experience in advising in connection with Private Bill and TAWS procedure. She is co-author of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Volume “Compulsory Acquisition and Compensation”, regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on the topics of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation and contributes articles to a range of Journals.  She has also been actively involved in the Scottish Law Commission’s Consultation on Reform of Compulsory Purchase legislation.

Relevant Experience:
• A9 Dualling - Transport Scotland/Jacobs (UK) Limited - Leading the team responsible for the provision compulsory purchase advice and property advice to the project team and for carrying out land referencing to identify and plot ownership and occupation of all land and properties along the entire route between Perth and Inverness (80 miles of single carriageway and 30 miles of existing dual carriageway).  

• A9/A85 Perth Transport Futures - Perth & Kinross Council – Compulsory purchase, land referencing and property advice relating to A85/A9 Junction improvements. Work included team meetings with the Council project team to advise with regard to CPO issues, programme and strategy as well as input to project documents; support with drafting responses to objections; and advice with regard to complex property law matters including Council owned land, roads, servitudes and accesses, bridges and water courses.

• Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme – Aberdeen City Council - Lead CPO support advising the Council’s legal, roads and estates teams in connection with this proposed city centre dual carriageway scheme.

• Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway - Clackmannanshire Council - Provision of compulsory purchase advice and assistance to Clackmannanshire Council in connection with the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Act 2004 and responsible for compulsory acquisition of land and compensation claims for railway.

• Airdrie-Bathgate Railway - Jacobs UK Limited/Transport Scotland/Network Rail – Compulsory purchase advice and property work relating to the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway Project including compulsory acquisition of more than 1,000 separate plots of land, land referencing and service of notification and advice to the Promoter at the pre-Bill, Committee and Assessor Hearing stages of the project. She advised on compulsory purchase and compensation; promoter’s witness at Committee and Assessor Hearings; agreements with objectors and attendance at objector meetings and public forums on compulsory purchase procedure; and advising with regard to utility infrastructure, wayleaves and servitudes.

• Borders Railway - Scottish Borders Council/Network Rail - Acting for the Council in relation to compulsory acquisition of the land required and compensation work for the Borders Railway project which includes approximately 1400 separate plots in three counties.  Responsible for compulsory acquisition of land; compensation claims; claim management and settlement; advice on exercise of compulsory purchase powers; property management legal support (including litigation); and advice relating to utility infrastructure, termination and reconstitution of wayleaves.


Scottish Vice Chairman – Keith Petrie


Scottish Committee

Archie Rintoul
Chair, RICS Scotland

3rd Floor
125 Princes Street


Archie Rintoul, Chair, RICS Scotland

Archie Rintoul BA FRICS combines his role as Chief Valuer Scotland with leading the District Valuer Services (DVS)’s Transport and Infrastructure Team in Scotland, which is currently involved in acquiring properties for projects such as M74 Extension, M80 Extension, M8 Widening, New Kincardine Bridge, Edinburgh Tramlines , Waverley Rail Link, Forth Replacement Crossing, AWPR and numerous other schemes.
Archie has dealt with compensation and compulsory purchase work for most of his 37 years as a Chartered Surveyor, and has gained very substantial experience acting for acquiring authorities in numerous compulsory purchase schemes. He has also appeared as Expert Witness in a number of Lands Tribunal cases.
Archie until recently chaired the RICS Scotland Compensation and Compulsory Purchase Forum, and is currently Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association in Scotland. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and CPD Events on this topic. He is also Depute Head of the RICS Scotland Valuation Professional Group Board, is a member of the RICS Scotland Board and has sat on a number of RICS Scotland Working Groups.


Brian Reeves
Brian Reeves & Co
Forsyth House
93 George Street

Brian Reeves, Brian Reeves & Co

Brian Reeves is the Non-executive advisor on the RICS Scotland board and has been a member of various RICS Boards, and Working Parties, including International Governing Council; Knowledge Board; and Dispute Resolution UK World Region Professional Group Board plus the Scottish DR Property Group Board ( as a Past-Chairman ). Brian gave sole evidence for the RICS in the Scottish Parliament during the Bill stages, plus subsequent input, for the recent Arbitration ( Scotland ) Act 2010, and is a recognized authority in this field. Also regularly involved with the preparation of new RICS Practice Statements and Guidance Notes both north and south of the border.

With both public and private sector experience he was Head of Scotland for Colliers / Conrad Ritblat for many years and a member of their London Board prior to forming his own firm over 12 years ago. Chaired many Conferences and seminars, many for the RICS, his main involvement is in the commercial property arena, active in Rent Reviews throughout Scotland, often as Arbitrator or Independent Expert, and a long serving member of the RICS Chairman’s Panel. His other activities include Investment, general consultancy, a degree of agency, and compulsory purchase. He was instrumental in the formation of the Scottish CPA, in respect of which he is currently Vice-Chairman.

His business and RICS activities has involved him in the International dimension in locations such as China ; Thailand ; Brazil ; South Africa; India; and mainland Europe.


Elaine Farquharson Black
Paull & Williamsons
1 Union Wynd
AB10 1SL

Elaine Farquharson Black, Partner, Paull & Williamsons

Elaine is a partner and the head of the firm’s property and infrastructure department and leads our planning division.  She is also a member of the firm’s Operations Board.

Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in planning law, Elaine is ranked first by Chambers UK as a leader in her field, known for her “excellent reputation in the market” and is recognized for taking “a balanced, strategic view” and being “constructive with both clients and statutory bodies”.

Working closely with our colleagues in property and construction and projects divisions, Elaine advises on all aspects of planning, with particular emphasis on the promotion of land through Development Plans and the submission of major applications.  She regularly appears as an advocate in planning appeals and reviews.

Elaine is the co-author of Scottish Planning Law & Procedure (2001) and Compulsory Purchase and Compensation: The Law in Scotland (2009).


Ian Thornton Kemsley
Consultant to Strutt & Parker

Ian Thornton Kemsley, Consultant to Strutt & Parker

Ian Thornton-Kemsley works from his home near Aberdeen as an independent consultant specialising in compulsory purchase, wayleaves and telecommunications throughout the UK.  He is a consultant to Strutt & Parker.
After working his way round the world after school Ian took an HND in Agriculture at the North of Scotland College of Agriculture in 1984 and then went onto to do the respected post graduate Farm Business Organisation & Management course at Aberdeen. He still runs the 1,200 ac family farming business He has however diversified from farming; qualifying in 1989 as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) following a correspondence course.  
Ian is heavily involved in advising on valuation matters affecting telecoms leases throughout the UK and on compulsory purchase issues.  He wrote the specialist chapter on the valuation of radio mast sites and telecommunication cables in the textbook Valuations: Special Properties and Purposes published by Estates Gazette Ltd (IBSN 0-7282-0418-5).  He was heavily involved in the guide to telecoms masts published by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) in 2010.
He has given expert evidence before the Court of Session (Commercial Division), various County Courts in England and Sheriff Courts in Scotland as well as the Lands Tribunal. He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  
In 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the CAAV under its rarely used rule 1.1.2 as a “practicing Agricultural Valuer of outstanding ability whose election, in the opinion of Council and the Branch in whose area he practices, is desirable in the interests of the Association”.  He currently sits on the CAAV property committee and on the SAAVA committee.  He is a committee member of the Scottish Compulsory Purchase Association.
Ian has been actively involved as a stakeholder in discussions on the reform of the Electronic Communications Code with the Law Commission and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).  He has also been consulted by the Law Commission on reform of compulsory purchase in Scotland.


Principal Surveyor
Valuation Office Agency
Elgin House
20 Haymarket Yards
EH12 5WN

Dougie Bowers MRICS, Principal Surveyor, VOA

Dougie Bowers MRICS is employed as a Principal Surveyor focussing on a mix of Transport and Infrastructure and Development Viability work in Scotland.  He is currently involved in acquiring properties for projects such as A9 dualling, Forth Replacement Crossing, Perth Transport Futures Project, Airdrie to Bathgate Railway, and AWPR.  Previous experience includes Upper Forth Crossing, Kincardine Eastern Link Road, Gleneagles Station Link Road, A90 Grade Separated Junctions, Edinburgh Tram and various other schemes.  He has also dealt with part 1 claims for local authorities, Transport Scotland and Network Rail

Dougie has dealt with compensation and compulsory purchase work for most of his 30 years in the Valuation Office and has gained very substantial experience acting for acquiring authorities in numerous compulsory purchase schemes.   He has also appeared as Expert Witness at Lands Tribunal and has been involved in many large schemes form an early stage providing advice on compensation issues, complex cases and dealing with objections etc
He has also dealt with compensation for a number of flood schemes including Elgin, Dunfermline, the Water of Leith and the Braid Burn

As well as his day job he delivers one module each year at Edinburgh Napier University (which includes statutory valuation) and has provided RICS training courses on Compulsory Purchase and has spoken at RICS CPD events on Affordable Housing and Development Viability.  He has recently joined RICS Scotland Valuation Professional Group Board and has sat on a RICS Scotland Working Group.

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