Zita Spencer, criminal defence solicitor

Zita Spencer has been part of the team at Olliers since 2003 and has swiftly gained a formidable reputation as a first class, dynamic solicitor who has defended in some of the most high profile cases of recent years.

She is committed to cases from start to finish; throughout the investigation process providing advice prior to interview, during the pre-charge investigative stage and through to trial in the Crown Court and beyond to POCA, SCPO, appeal etc.

Zita provides outstanding defence and expertise in the following areas:

Sexual allegations

Zita has significant experience of allegations of historical sexual abuse, human trafficking, rape, grooming, sexual communications, indecent images, SHPO, notifications requirements. She has a fantastic track record in terms of acquittals at trial and works alongside leading sexual offence specialist barristers.

Serious Crime

Zita has dealt with some of the most high profile murder cases in recent years. She also has considerable experience in dealing with allegations of serious assault and conspiracy to supply drugs.

Fraud and financial crime:

Zita is regularly instructed in relation to allegations of money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, restraint orders and SFO investigations.

Zita is known for meticulous preparation and exceptional attention to detail. She leaves no stone unturned in achieving the best possible result for her clients.

Zita is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.

Representation during criminal investigations

Zita is known for her pro-active approach during the ongoing investigation stage of a case.  She will always look to bring an investigation to a conclusion without the need for a prosecution. She is known for her strategic approach liaising with investigators throughout. She applies a combination of formal and informal representations to police and prosecutors ensuring that the chances of a prosecution are kept to a minimum. Zita has significant experience in dealing with cases at this stage particularly cases involving sexual allegations and indecent images.

Zita can only usually be instructed on a privately funded basis.

Zita in the Media

As a highly experienced specialist lawyer, Zita is often asked to comment on topical issues by the Media.

  • Click here to read Zita quoted in the Independent discussing the legality of sugar daddy dating websites.
  • Click here to read Zita quoted in the Independent discussing the legality of teenagers ‘sexting’.

Successful Criminal Defence

  • Secured the outright acquittal of a North West couple charged with 39 offences of rape and other serious sexual offences. Read Article
  • Acquittal in a multi-handed conspiracy to rape case after a half time submission regarding the correct approach of the law on conspiracy to rape. Read Article


  • Counsel: ‘Zita is an outstanding solicitor committed to her clients. I have worked with Zita on serious cases for many years and she is quite exceptional. She quickly masters the detail of a case and provides sound advice. Her preparation is second to none and she has a manner which puts clients at their ease. She provides all this with wit and insight. She is an excellent lawyer and an absolute asset to any case she is on.’
  • ‘In closing it was nice meeting you although the situation could have been better and again I thank you for your valued assistance. Best wishes’
  • ‘Zita, Just wanted to say thank you again for your help and support.’
  • ‘Words of gratitude to Olliers cannot be expressed highly enough who represented me v four fraud indictments… Olliers solicitor, Zita Spencer, is to be highly commended’’
  • ‘I wanted to thank you for defending me on Monday.. Thankyou for the advice…. Sad is it sounds I was so glad to be back to work yesterday haha…. Many Thanks for all your help once again!’

Notable Cases

  • 2020: Manchester Arena Inquiry
  • 2020: R v D – allegation of rape – acquitted after trial.
  • 2020: R v W – allegation of sexual assault by two complainants – acquitted after trial
  • 2019: R v M – allegation of murder  – acquitted after trial
  • 2019 R v C – allegations of historic sexual offences – acquitted after trial
  • 2019 R v B– large and complex fraud of over
  • 2019: R v G – allegations of historic sexual by two complainants – acquitted after trial
  • 2019: R v B– allegation of rape- acquitted after trial
  • 2019: R v L – Arson
  • 2018: R v B – allegation of rape- dropped by prosecution before trial
  • 2018: R v C – S18 assault allegation – dropped by prosecution before trial
  • 2018: R v M– allegation of rape- acquitted after trial
  • 2018: R v A – allegation of controlling coercive behaviour- dropped by prosecution before trial
  • 2018: R v C – historic sexual allegations – acquitted after trial
  • 2018: R v D – allegation of historic rape – successful abuse of process argument
  • 2018: R v S – large scale fraud allegation.
  • R v AW & KH, 2018: £800,000 fraud case involving 36 defendants and multiple trials.
  • R v RD, 2017: Representation of defendant accused of murder involving detailed phone analysis and forensic work.
  • R v MJ, 2017: Money laundering investigation following the Dale Cregan trial below. Multiple defendants accused of laundering the proceeds of crime through property transactions.
  • R v FL, 2016: large scale multi-handed drugs conspiracy spanning the length of the country with trial held at Southampton Crown Court.
  • R v Commons, February 2015: Client accused under the Terrorism Act 2000. Read more
  • R v Dale Cregan, June 2013: Representation of a defendant accused in a multi handed murder trial – client acquitted. Read more
  • Operation Viola, 2008: Defence of client accused in a high profile gangland murder. Read more

Contact Zita

196 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WF
0161 834 1515