A Couple of News Snippets

No time for long posts, but three small timbits from the news today.

Job cuts announced at Reed Elsevier, the owner of Lexis-Nexis

Reed Elsevier, the Anglo-Dutch media group, is drawing up plans to axe more than 1,000 jobs as part of a continuing efficiency drive, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

The company, which owns the LexisNexis information service and the medical journal, The Lancet, is understood to be preparing to cut the jobs over the next couple of years as it centralises functions such as procurement, human resources and IT across the group. Analysts expect the job cuts – the majority of which will take place outside Britain – to contribute to a restructuring that will shed as much as £100m from Reed’s annual costs bill.

The financial results announced last week stated:

The LexisNexis International business outside the US
delivered underlying revenue growth of 8% at constant rates,
or 10% including acquisitions and strong margin and profit

Secondly a nice piece in the Lawyer’s Weekly on a couple of services providing legal information to the public. The piece profiles Ian Levine, who, along with his wife Antree Demakos, founded Legal Line, a telephone and web resource for consumers with legal questions. They teamed up with Michael Crawford and James Middlemiss to produce a new book, Your Guide to Canadian Law, which has just been published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Tip of the hat to Michael and Jim.

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