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In-house team cut at Paramount Pictures

21st May 2012

US-based film and television production company Paramount Pictures has cut its team of in-house London lawyers from seven to two.

The UK legal arm of the business was set to disappear completely until recently, with a restructuring of the company intending to shift Paramount’s entire operation to its California headquarters.

This decision was later reconsidered, however, with the announcement that Brigit Rathouse – who had already worked for parent company Viacom – had been appointed vice-president for international legal and business affairs in London. One additional lawyer is also due to join Rathouse in a supportive capacity in the near future. 

The head of Paramount’s London team, Philip Solomons, was reportedly offered an expanded role if he relocated to Los Angeles, but he chose not to take it up and formed a private consultancy instead.

It is not expected that the number of solicitor jobs in London provided by Paramount will now increase beyond these two new posts, with the firm still keen to streamline and focus its legal outfit.