Leighton R. Lloyd


Leighton R. Lloyd specializes in film finance, mostly serving the commercial, entertainment, and banking sectors.  He also enjoys working with individual authors, sportspeople, musicians, and other creative talent.  His practice areas include entertainment and music law, media and intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and management buyouts.

He has represented and worked on film financing with a diverse range of clients regarding banking, equity, and international tax incentives, as well as offering strategic advice to producers, banks, and commercial equity investors.  Mr. Lloyd most enjoys being actively part of the entrepreneurial side of film financing and production.  His film credentials are included in IMDB.com.
During more than two decades of practicing law, he has been noted in The Legal 500 and Chambers (both are British publications) as an expert in his field and has become a national and international specialist in film finance.  He is now based in Century City, although his work takes him to all parts of the world.

Mr. Lloyd gained his legal qualifications from the College of Law Guildford in the United Kingdom.  He subsequently qualified for the New York Bar in 2011.  As a member of both the English and New York bars, he is able to practice as a licensed foreign lawyer at the California Bar, bringing an international perspective and entrepreneurial approach to his practice that his clients find invaluable.

In rare moments when he is not leading clients through the legal labyrinth, Mr. Lloyd enjoys staging fundraising concerts for the UK charities Cancer Research and Macmillian Nurses, with musicians such as Boy George and Rick Astley, among others.  A keen guitarist, he has more than once been spotted on stage himself busting out a few tunes.  You may also see his name mentioned many times in the Roy Grace books by Peter James, where Mr. Lloyd is one of the main characters -- a legal expert in fiction as well!


B.A. (Social Science), Latrobe University, Australia, 1987.
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), Latrobe University, Australia, 1988.
Common Professional Examination in Law, The University of Law Guildford (United Kingdom), 1997.
Certificate of Accountancy and Advocacy, BPP University London, 1999.

Bar & Professional Memberships

New York State Bar Association.
Law Society of England and Wales.

Practice Areas

Entertainment Finance
Intellectual Property