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The history of

Thomson Snell & Passmore
2020 will be a landmark year for the world’s oldest law firm. In July that year we celebrate our 450th anniversary. We take great pride in our heritage and, to mark this milestone, we are creating a timeline. This timeline will not only showcase our own history but also enable clients and other organisations which take an equal pride in longevity to plot theirs.  
See where it all began
1570
Thomson Snell & Passmore 1570 Thomson Snell & Passmore

The oldest law firm in operation – Guinness World Records. Thomson Snell & Passmore stands out in the English legal scene for its exceptional lineage. There is a clear line of development – of partners passing on the traditions, the culture and the expertise – from one generation to another since the late 16th century.

The Pantiles 1606 The Pantiles

The area was created following the discovery of a chalybeate spring in the early 17th century and is now arguably better known for its famous Jazz nights, diverse boutique shops and mix of popular cafes, restaurants and bars

The Great Fire of London 1666 The Great Fire of London
The Kingdom of Great Britain came into being 1707 The Kingdom of Great Britain came into being
The Law Society was founded 1825 The Law Society was founded
The Times’ Law Reports were first published 1884 The Times’ Law Reports were first published
The Solicitors Act 1860 The Solicitors Act

 (Would-be lawyers have to take exams in an attempt to prevent unqualified people from holding themselves out as attorneys)

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR) for England and Wales was founded 1865 The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR) for England and Wales was founded
'Royal' Tunbridge Wells 1909 'Royal' Tunbridge Wells

In 1909 Tunbridge Wells was given its 'Royal' title by King Edward VII, to celebrate the towns popularity amongst the royal family

The Representation of the People Act 1918 The Representation of the People Act

This gave women over 30 who were married or met a property qualification the vote

End of World War I 1918 End of World War I
The removal of the Sex Disqualification Act 1919 The removal of the Sex Disqualification Act

This act enabled women to join the professions for the first time

End of World War II 1945 End of World War II
Sir Mota Singh QC became the first ethnic minority judge in England 1982 Sir Mota Singh QC became the first ethnic minority judge in England
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge opened- Dartford 1991 Queen Elizabeth II Bridge opened- Dartford
Civil Partnership Act 2005 Civil Partnership Act

Civil partnerships between same-sex couples, which were introduced in the 2004, came into law

The Legal Services Act 2007 The Legal Services Act
Baroness Hale of Richmond was sworn in as the first female President of the UK Supreme Court 2017 Baroness Hale of Richmond was sworn in as the first female President of the UK Supreme Court
2018

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