A boutique law firm dedicated to delivering comprehensive legal services in Commercial, Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Technology Law.
Advising and representing Australian producers, writers, directors and actors.
Providing high quality, effective and timely legal services by listening to your real concerns and objectives.

A Boutique
Law Firm

Dedicated to delivering comprehensive legal services.

Timely &

We listen to your real concerns and objectives.

High Quality
Legal Services

Practice areas include Commercial, Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Technology Law.

& Advice

For Australian producers, writers, directors and actors.

Film Finances, Inc.

Representation for one of the world’s leading Completion Guarantors.

Contact Us

Level 1, 26 Ridge Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
T +612 8904 9500
F +612 8904 9177



Lloyd Hart Lawyers is a boutique law firm in North Sydney dedicated to delivering comprehensive legal services in Commercial, Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Technology Law.

In addition to advising and representing a number of Australian producers, writers, directors and actors, we also act for Film Finances Inc. – one of the world’s leading Completion Guarantors for documentaries, television series and feature films.

From contracting to conflict resolution matters, the Lloyd Hart team is able to provide high quality, effective and timely legal services by listening to our clients’ real concerns and objectives.

T +612 8904 9500 | F +612 8904 9177

Level 1, 26 Ridge Street
North Sydney NSW 2060

I need legal assistance and I am . . .


 scales A Film Producer

With more than 40 years of industry experience, we understand the film production business and have evolved with it.

We work with a number of reputable Australian film producers who trust us to tackle their legal work while they focus on what they love most.

We can help you navigate through the process of securing funding, legal structuring, working with commercial and government bodies, distributors and sales agents, handling the producer tax offset and negotiating the range of contracts necessary for a successful production.


scales A Creative Professional

We understand life from your perspective.

Whether you’re a director, actor, writer, photographer or other creative professional, we can advise you how to solve your legal dilemma, while making your legal relationship with clients, employers and investors run smoothly and efficiently.



scales Building a web based startup

We are passionate about intellectual property and technology.

Our solicitors can advise on business structures, dealing with investors and intellectual property implications. We are skilled at drafting terms and conditions for online businesses to reduce exposure to risk in copyright and defamation, and ensure compliance with your obligations under the Australian Consumer Law, franchise codes, privacy codes and legislation.

For assistance in creating an online business that’s legally secure and fully compliant, you need not look further than Lloyd Hart Lawyers.


  scales A Business Innovator

We understand your time is valuable…

…so while you focus on the core of your business, you can leave us to advise on how to work with investors, comply with laws regulating financing and business operations and resolve legal disputes with stakeholders and customers in a timely and effective way.


scales Commercial Advice and Operations

  • Buying, selling, or renewing a franchise
  • Entering, leaving or transferring a lease
  • Renewing agreements with franchisor
  • Interpretation of all contracts with franchisor and other parties
  • Advice on compliance with Franchising Code
  • Setting up of other business growth models such as license agreements and distribution systems.
  • Advice and representation in the case of disputes with franchisor or other business partners


scales Business Structure and Compliance

  • Company & trust formation, joint ventures and partnerships
  • Business restructures
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Company purchases
  • Private equity transactions, including management buy outs/buy ins, fundraising and fund establishment
  • Directors duties, codes of conduct and corporate governance
  • Business & succession planning
  • Buy/sell agreements
  • Legal & regulatory compliance advice
  • Due diligence
  • Risk management & compliance


scales Sale & Purchase of Business & Assets

  • Sales and purchase of business
  • Due diligence
  • Restraints of trade


scales Commercial Dispute Resolution

  • Negotiation
  • Dispute management
  • Conciliation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation

scales Entertainment Law

  • Advising on the terms and drafting agreements for options, rights acquisition, writers
  • Advising on and drafting finance agreements and joint ventures
  • Advising on television and new media licensing terms
  • Advising on distribution arrangements and agreements
  • Advising on completion guarantee arrangements
  • Drafting and advising on agreements for services


scales Technology Law

  • Advising on deal structures, availability of funding and taxation implications
  • Drafting joint venture, shareholder and license agreements


scales Intellectual Property Law

  • Advising on Trade Marks, Service Marks, Copyright Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
  • Advising on intellectual property inventory management and maintenance
  • Providing Intellectual Property (IP) Audit services


scales Internet and New Media Law

  • Advising on domain name issues, including acquisition, disputes and arbitration under the UDRP and auDRP
  • Advising on intellectual property and other rights relating to multimedia and other productions for the Internet and for mobile networks

LLOYD HART – Principal Solicitor

BA/LLB (University of Queensland), L.L.M (London)


Lloyd has extensive experience working in the entertainment law industry, specialising in the area since 1971.

Lloyd graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland and Master of Laws, University of London.

He has been the Assistant Editor (Consumer Affairs) CCH Ontario, Canada, Assistant Executive Officer (Legal), Australian Film Development Corporation and Australian Film Commission and General Manager (Business Affairs), and acting director of New South Wales Film Corporation and a director of the South Australian Film Corporation.

In 1979 Lloyd entered private practice setting up his own firm specialising in Entertainment Law.

From 1979-81 he was the Legal consultant to the New South Wales Film Corporation. Since 1981 Lloyd has acted continually for Film Finances Inc., one of the world’s leading Completion Guarantors of film.

Over the many years he has practiced, Lloyd has prepared a large number of Registered Film Prospectuses on films designed for international distribution, together with giving advice to and representing producers, writers and directors.

Lloyd has now shifted some of his focus and energy into the related intellectual property and commercial law provinces of Technology Law.


LLB (University of Technology, Sydney), LLM (University of NSW), MCrim (University of Sydney)


Russell has been a practicing lawyer in the area of entertainment and technology law since 2003. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney, a Master of Laws from the University of New South Wales (with a major sequence in Media, Communications and IT Law) and is awaiting graduation with a Master of Criminology from Sydney University.

Russell has lectured at UNSW, Macquarie University and UTS in subjects such as Information Technology Law, Legal Research and the Computerisation of Law and Legal Practice.

Previously, Russell worked at AustLII (the Australasian Legal Information Institute). As Australia’s premier provider of online legal information and data, AustLII is a non-profit institution dedicated to improving the accessibility of the legal system. His work included teaching (as an Associate Lecturer in Law at UTS), research into applying technology to law and legal practice and systems development on AustLII itself and the related WorldLII site.

As well as legal knowledge, Russell has practical experience with software development and the open source community and is the facilitator and community organiser for the open source programming language “Self”.

Russell’s areas of interest include technology law, internet law, media & entertainment law and criminology.

GRAHAM HART – Solicitor


B.A. (University of Sydney), Dip Law (Legal Practitioners Admission Board), G.Dip.Legal Practice (University of Technology, Sydney)


Graham was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney majoring in History, Government and Psychology. He completed a Diploma of Law with the Legal Practitioners Admission Board and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Technology Sydney.

Previously, Graham worked at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office as a Paralegal and has interned at Stevenson Watson Media and Entertainment Lawyers. He also worked as a paralegal in the area of insolvency and debt recovery.

Graham’s areas of interest include media & entertainment law and intellectual property law.

LUCY DE HESSELLE – Accountant and Office Manager


Lucy handles our accounts and maintains our financial records. She is also our Office Manager and oversees the effective administration and Information Technology support for our firm.




We are able to provide full administrative and secretarial support to clients.


Our friendly receptionist Pip Sercombe is the first point of contact when you call our firm.

  • Level 1, 26 Ridge Street, North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia
  • (612) 8904 9500