Friday 13 December 2019

Movie PR queen tries to stop film company Paramount terminating her employment

Aodhan O'Faolain

A PR professional described in court as being the face of "Paramount Pictures in Ireland" intends to bring action aimed at preventing the termination of her employment.

Anna Lavery worked as head of publicity and promotions at the film and television distributor.

At the High Court today Mr Justice George Birmingham today granted Ms Lavery, of Admiral Court, Baldoyle, Co Dublin, permission to serve short service of injunction proceedings against her employers, Paramount Pictures Services UK and Paramount Pictures, with an address at D'Olier Chambers, D'Olier St., Dublin 2, Ireland.

Leave was granted on an ex-parte basis.

In seeking short service, Paul McGarry SC for Ms Lavery, said his client intends to bring an action against her employers arising out of circumstances where she faces the possibility of being made redundant by Paramount.

Counsel said that Ms Lavery is a well known figure within the industry in Ireland and was effectively "the face of Paramount Pictures in Ireland." It was Ms Lavery's case that this was not a true redundancy and that she was in fact about to have her employment terminated, counsel added.

Counsel said that following correspondence between lawyers for the respective parties an undertaking had been given by Ms Lavery's employers not to terminate her employment pending the outcome of the proposed proceedings.

Ms Lavery has worked in the Irish film industry for more than 14 years and has been with Paramount since 2003. During her time with the company no issue has ever been raised with her about the performance of her duties, the court also heard.

The action was made returnable before the High Court next week.

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