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Anthony Lo Surdo SC

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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)


Anthony has acted as mediator in a vast array of matters since he was first accredited in 1993. He has mediated hundreds of complex, multi-party disputes since 2009. He uses his experience as both Senior Counsel and as a mediator to quickly identify the issues and to gain an understanding of the position of each party in the mediation so as to assist in facilitating a fair and efficient resolution to a dispute.

Anthony is accredited as an advanced mediator by Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR). He is also accredited by the New South Wales Bar Association under the National Mediator Accreditation System Standards (NMAS). He is ranked by “Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” as a leading mediator in New South Wales, 2018 and 2020. As part of his ongoing commitment to excellence in mediation, in 2017 Anthony attained certification as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) and in doing so joins a select number of mediators in Australia to achieve that qualification, and the only Silk.

In recognition of his specialist knowledge of mediation and sports law, in January 2016, Anthony was appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) as a mediator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and in February 2019 he was appointed to the mediation panel of Sport Resolutions (UK).

Mediation panel appointments
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Sports Resolutions (UK)
  • International Mediation Institute
  • Singapore International Mediation Institute
  • AIAC Mediation Panel
  • ACICA Mediation Panel
  • Resolution Institute Panel of Advanced Mediators
  • Supreme Court of NSW Mediation Panel
  • District Court of NSW Mediation Panel
Anthony’s work as a mediator includes:
  • Banking disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Corporations law disputes including claims arising from insolvency
  • Partnership disputes
  • Disputes between joint venturers
  • Disputes between lenders and valuers involving allegations of negligent property valuation
  • Medical negligence
  • Personal injuries
  • Claims involving alleged negligence by lawyers
  • Claims involving the alleged negligence of town planners
  • Claims involving the alleged negligence of accountants
  • Claims against investment advisors including financial planners
  • Claims against directors and officers
  • Employment disputes
  • Claims involving restraints of trade
  • Building disputes
  • Claims involving damages for personal injury
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Succession claims
  • Planning disputes
  • Building and construction claims
  • Property disputes
  • Sports disputes


  • “Settlement, Singapore Style”, Asian Jurist, November 2019
  • “New Singapore Convention set to bring greater certainty to international arbitration”, NSW Law Society Journal, October 2019
  • “The costs of failing to attend a Court-ordered mediation”, NSW Law Society Journal, June 2017
  • “Ethical Obligations of parties to a mediation” Australian Civil Liability, May 2015
  • “Confidentiality, privacy and privilege in a mediation” Australian Civil Liability, April 2015
  • “Process and models of mediation, preparation for mediation and choice of mediator” Australian Civil Liability, March 2015

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)

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