Guinness Says the World’s Oldest Law Firm Dates Back to 1570

A fun fact about lawyers and law firms.  Guinness World Records has declared a UK  law firm the world’s oldest. It dates back to 1570 (not a typo) when a person started up a business as a church-related “scrivener.” The rest, as they say, is history. A news article is here. The law firm is here, and a key quite follows:

“Thomson Snell & Passmore was launched in 1570 by Nicholas Hooper, a curate of the Tonbridge Parish Church, the honour will be recorded in the Guinness World Records 2017.

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