Nicola Laver reports on the growing demand for trainees with a mathematical skillset to meet the needs of modern practice

Lord Sumption, increasingly notorious and applauded in equal measure for stating what others think but dare not publicly say, has often advocated the view that it’s best not to read law as an undergraduate if you want to be a lawyer.

In an interview soon after being sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in 2012, he commented that “most arguments which pretend to be about law are actually arguments about the correct analysis and categorisation of the facts”.

“This is why the study of something involving the analysis of evidence… or the study of a subject which comes close to pure logic, like mathematics, is at least as valuable a preparation for legal practice as the study of law”, he added.<...

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