About Us

(I aim for the highest)

Frederick Place Chambers was founded by Robert Spicer in 1993. A barristers’ chambers based in Bristol, we specialise in Employment Law and Health and Safety Law.  We take pride in offering an alternative approach by offering legal advice in a clear and easy to understand way.

Our Approach

We operate in an informal way while retaining the highest levels of expertise.

Our Fees
Our fees for legal advice reflect our low overheads and are highly competitive.

Client Care
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Our Members

Robert Spicer

Robert Spicer – Founder

Robert Spicer has been a barrister for over 40 years. He has been involved in private practice, higher education and welfare rights work. He is passionate about the denial of justice to poor people. He is a member of CND and Liberty.

His current academic research into the deficiencies of the English legal system has recently been published. This new book argues that money is the key to understanding the English legal system and that English law needs to be simplified.

He has extensive experience of dealing with cases in a wide range of employment law, health and safety law and workplace stress matters. His skills and expertise in these areas have been developed through involvement in many successful claims, over a period of 40 years. He provides professional, expert and friendly legal advice.

His aim is to maintain the highest possible standards of professionalism whilst avoiding unnecessary formality and ensuring continuing personal support.

He is a regular contributor to health and safety publications.

Polly Lord – Paralegal/Research Assistant

Polly has been with us at Frederick Place Chambers since 2010, and is able to provide legal research, advice and representation assistance on a range of matters. She graduated in 2009 from Cardiff University with Law LLB (Hons) and the Bar Vocational Course from City Law School in 2010.

While she is not at Chambers, Polly is undertaking a PhD in employment law at University of Exeter, for which she secured funding from the highly competitive  ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership.This follows her Masters in Socio-Legal Research, where she achieved a Distinction and received the Dean’s Commendation for her dissertation (marked at 85%). Polly also lectured and tutored on the employment law module between 2015-2016 at Exeter.

When she’s not busy with law, Polly enjoys horse-racing, rugby and cake baking – but not all at the same time.

Polly is currently undertaking an internship at The House of Commons.

Candia Carolan

Candia was called to the Bar in 1999 (Middle Temple) after a previous career in teaching and lecturing. She is an experienced civil law practitioner. She has recently returned to Chambers after a break to bring up her children. Her interest in legal matters has overlapped with her interest in philanthropy. She is a member of Liberty and The Funding Network, amongst others.