Martha Odysseos


martha odysseos

Martha joined Olliers in 2021, initially as part of the Litigation Support team before commencing her training contract. Martha qualified as a solicitor in February 2024.  

Martha is the winner of the Manchester Legal Awards Trainee Solicitor of the Year 2024 as a result of her work as a trainee during the qualifying period in 2023.

Martha holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Reading. She was awarded a distinction in both her MA in Law (GDL equivalent) and LPC from the University of Law, Manchester. Martha’s research topic focused on the use of special measures for vulnerable witnesses in the criminal courts. 

Martha represents clients at every stage of the criminal investigation process, from the pre-charge investigative stage, providing advice at the police station and if necessary through proceedings including trial and appeal.  She is experienced in the preparation of a wide range of matters ranging from assault, drug offences and serious sexual offences including rape.  Martha is also experienced in dealing with POCA matters and other ancillary proceedings stemming from Crown Court cases.  

Martha is also regularly instructed by privately paying clients in relation to Fare Evasion, DBS and TRA (teachers) matters and is integral to the firm’s growing regulatory offering.  

Martha has completed the Olliers’ internal Pre-Charge Accreditation programme and is experienced in drafting pre-charge representations.  She has successfully secured conditional cautions for a number of clients, saving them the anxiety, stress and costs of going to court.  

Martha is a police station accredited representative, and represents clients for offences including but not limited to possession with intent to supply, fraud by false representations, and perverting the course of justice.  

Martha has a particular interest in serious crime and regulatory matters and assists a number of Partners on ongoing matters.  

Martha understands the effect that any case can have on a client’s personal and professional life, no matter how serious the allegation is. She prides herself on her meticulous and empathetic approach to the cases and clients she deals with. 

Martha is a member of Women in Criminal Law 

Recent Cases  

  • Operation Alien – assisting in ongoing case -conspiracy to import class A drugs 
  • R v PB – assisting in ongoing case – possession of prohibited firearms and possession of Class A drug with intent to supply 
  • 2024 – JD – conditional caution given to a client following police station interview in relation to possession of indecent imagery of children.
  • 2023 – R v MH – represented defendant for s18 Assault (GBH)  
  • 2023 – SJ – conditional caution given to a client in relation to possession of indecent imagery of children. Caution given without interview following representations submitted 
  • 2023 – R v IY – assisting in the preparing of a grooming trial where the defendant was acquitted after a 3-month trial at Manchester Minshull Street  
  • 2023 – R v KP – represented client who received a non-custodial sentence for a s.18 assault (GBH) 
  • 2023 – R v JD – assisted in the preparation of a rape and controlling and coercive behaviour trial where the defendant was acquitted after trial 
  • 2023 – R v DW – represented client who received a non-custodial sentence for PWITS class B and represented client in relation to POCA proceedings 
  • 2023 – CV – conditional caution given to client following police station interview who was found to be in possession of Category A indecent imagery of children. 
  • 2022 – R V JJ – represented defendant in a failure to provide case which was discontinued on day of trial after lengthy representations made  


“Following the successful outcome in Birkenhead last week I wanted to write to both yourself and Ruth to say thank you for your advice and support over the last couple of months. I was also very grateful for you joining me on the day as that gentle support was very valuable to me.” 

“Good luck with your professional endeavours. The only thing I can say, in fact guarantee, is if you care as much as I have experienced this week, in whatever else you may do, you will succeed.” 

“I wanted to thank you for all your fantastic and hard work help and support for my case.” 

“Thank you so much I really appreciate the effort that you put to help me and support me through the process” 

“I dealt initially with Rebecca then exclusively with Martha. Martha was very professional, impartial and worked hard to chase the relevant parties and keep me updated at every step of the process.” 

“This is an enormous relief to me, and to my wife and son and the rest of the family too. I would like to thank you for the advice you and Zita have given me during this investigation, which has helped me not to despair completely.” 

Martha Odysseos



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