Anthony Lo Surdo SC
Year of Call:
* Professional Associate
Anthony Lo Surdo SC is a Professional Associate at Outer Temple Chambers based in Sydney, Australia. He is qualified to practise across all states and territories of Australia as well as internationally.
Anthony qualified as a barrister in 1996 after over 9 years’ practice as a solicitor in leading Australian law firms and was appointed an SC, equivalent to QC, in 2011. He was also Head of his Chambers in Sydney for a number of years.
He has a broad practice both at trial and appellate level spanning diverse areas including commercial, equity, corporations, insurance law, professional indemnity, property and sports law.
He has a particular interest in banking and insolvency and has had many works published and has been named in “Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” in 2011 and again in 2015-2020 as one of Australia’s leading insolvency and restructuring barristers. He also has a large sports related practice.
Anthony is accredited as an advanced mediator, arbitrator and expert determiner. He is regularly retained as a mediator in complex multi-party disputes. He has also been ranked by “Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” as a leading mediator in New South Wales in 2018-2020. He is also often appointed as an arbitrator in commercial and sports-related disputes both domestically and internationally. He has been recognised by “Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” as one of Australia’s leading Senior Counsel in Arbitration in 2019 and 2020.
He is a CIArb Fellow and is registered as a Grade 1 Arbitrator in Australia.
Anthony has conducted hundreds of complex multi-party, mostly commercial, mediations since 2009 and many arbitrations both domestically and internationally. Arbitrations conducted by Anthony as President/Chair, as a wingman or as sole arbitrator have extended to a variety of commercial disputes and sports or sports-related disputes including in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ranging from disciplinary to commercial and good governance issues.
Anthony has a number of editorial appointments including:
- General Editor, Banking and Finance Law of Australia (LexisNexis)
- Editorial Panel of the Australian Banking and Finance Law Bulletin (LexisNexis)
- Editorial Panel of the Australian Civil Liability Bulletin (LexisNexis)
- Editorial Panel of the Insolvency Law Bulletin (LexisNexis)
Commercial & Chancery
Anthony has a broad commercial practice, having worked in an advisory capacity, as an arbitrator and in court.
Advisory and Advocacy
- Directors in relation to breach of directors’ duties and insolvent trading claims.
- Lessors (including major shopping centre proprietors) and lessees in relation to disputes which have arisen between them (including proceedings for possession and for relief against forfeiture).
- Vendors and purchasers of land, builders and developers.
- Corporations and individuals in relation to contractual disputes (including share sale agreements and agreements for the sale of interests in other personal property).
Significant cases include
- Leafs Gully Farm Pty Limited v Mitchell  NSWCA 92
- Leafs Gully Farm Pty Limited v Mitchell  NSWSC 1460
- Vertical Australia Pty Ltd v Air Company Vertical-T LLC  NSWSC 719
- A Little Company Limited v Peters  NSWSC 833
- “Latest from the High Court on Performance Bonds”, NSW Law Society Journal, April 2017
- “Exercising Powers of Advancement under a Trust”, NSW Law Society Journal, June 2016
- “Court recognises indirect or market-based causation in shareholder claims” (with Gregory Sirtes SC and Robert White), NSW Law Society Journal, June 2016
Appointments & Memberships
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Fellow, ACICA
- Fellow, Resolution Institute
- Member, AIAC
- Member, THAC
- NSW Bar Association
- Queensland Bar Association
- Victorian Bar Association
- Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)
Areas of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Commercial & Chancery
- Insolvency & Restructuring
- Sports Law
- Product Liability
- Financial Services
- Professional Negligence