3PB Direct

3PB stands for 3 Paper Buildings. We have been practising from 3 Paper Buildings in the Temple in London since Christmas Day 1892. Originally just a handful of rooms in this large and prestigious building, 3PB has gradually expanded so that now we are the only set of Chambers established there. We also have Chambers in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford, and Winchester linked by technology.

The first building on this site, which was formerly part of the Temple Gardens, was Heyward’s Buildings of 1610. The present name, in use by the 1650s, described the timber, lath and plaster construction then known as ‘paper work’, hence ‘Paper Buildings.’

Following the Great Fire in 1685, the building was rebuilt in brick, and on the north end were painted frescoes of the Virtues, still to be seen in the essayist Charles Lamb’s time. In 1838 these buildings were also destroyed by a fire, which contemporaries attributed to the carelessness of William Maule QC (later Mr Justice Maule) in leaving a lighted candle by his bedside. They were immediately rebuilt in the stonework seen today.


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