It appears accountancy is also seeing a huge shift in working practice. Much like the rise of the ATM in banks decades ago making a bank worker's role more specialised, the new technology we are seeing is already having a impact in the way accountants work; the last paragraph below is evidence of this.
Law has, and will, continue to fall into line as this game changer isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. Especially when the seats of learning shift their training to suit the environment.
....technologies are poised to change the way that accountants and financiers work. Faye Chue, head of business insights at the ACCA, says: “Their role will no longer be primarily reactive and backward-looking but proactive, continuous, forward-looking and engaged.” This will also spur a shift in the training and education of accountancy professionals. At NYU’s Stern School of Business, the accounting department is developing new courses in statistical and data analysis. The demand for tech-savvy talent is part of a broader change in the professional services recruitment market. Firms are now looking for core management and leadership skills, which is good news for MBAs. “Accountants now manage some of the problems in a broader sense. They are not pure accountants checking figures without thinking beyond them,” says Dr Edgar Loew, professor of management practice in accounting at Frankfurt’s School of Finance