Anthony Lo Surdo SC
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* 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)
Anthony has vast expertise in sports law, with much of his ADR work relating to this area of law. Click here to see Anthony’s sports related arbitral capabilities.
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).
In January 2019, he was appointed as the Acting Racing Appeals Tribunal (NSW). In February 2019, he was appointed to the International Panel of Arbitrators maintained by Sport Resolutions (UK). In March 2020, he was appointed as one of the inaugural part-time members of the National Sports Tribunal.
His mediation panel appointments include the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Sports Resolutions (UK).
- In January 2018, Anthony presided over a hearing of a CAS Appeal Panel in Lausanne, Switzerland.
- In April 2018, he was appointed to the CAS ad hoc panel for the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia.
- In 2018, Anthony was appointed to the CAS ad hoc panel for the Asian Games, Jakarta, Indonesia.
- In September 2018, Anthony was appointed as a sole arbitrator of an appeal to CAS from a determination of a single judge of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee which was heard in Shanghai.
- In December 2018, Anthony presided over a hearing of a CAS Appeal Panel in a disciplinary matter arising in Asia.
- In February 2019, Anthony was appointed to a panel by a party in a commercial dispute.
- In June 2019, Anthony was appointed as the sole arbitrator by parties in a disciplinary matter.
- In August 2019, Anthony was appointed President of a panel in a good governance appeal.
- In September 2019, Anthony was appointed to the Ad hoc panel for the FIBA World Cup.
- In October 2019, Anthony was appointed President of a panel in a commercial dispute.
- In May 2020, Anthony was appointed as the sole arbitrator in a commercial dispute.
- In June 2020, Anthony was appointed to a panel by a party to a commercial dispute.
Sport Resolutions (UK)
- In 2019, Anthony was appointed as a member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) International Panel for the Davis Cup and in 2020 to the same panel for the Fed Cup.
- In 2020, Anthony was appointed as Chair of an ITF Independent Tribunal Panel to determine a dispute between the ITF and a Member Federation.
- As a member of the FFA Appeals Committee since 2008, Anthony has determined both disciplinary and non-disciplinary disputes that have arisen between the FFA, Member Federations, Clubs, and Players mostly involving players and coaches of international repute.
- As a member of the FFA Dispute Resolution Chamber since 2008, Anthony has determined
commercial disputes and appeals that have arisen between the FFA, Member Federations, Clubs, and Players under the FFA Grievance Resolution Regulations, some of which have involved players and coaches of international repute.
- As a member of the FFA Disciplinary and Ethics Committee also since 2008, he has determined disciplinary issues arising from on-field incidents involving players and coaches of international repute competing in Australia’s Premier National football league (Hyundai A-League).
- As the Chairman of the Football NSW Appeals Tribunal since 2012, Anthony has determined
appeals involving both disciplinary and non-disciplinary disputes that have arisen between FNSW, Members of FNSW, Clubs and Players under the FNSW Grievance and Disciplinary Regulations.
Acting Racing Appeals Tribunal
- As the Acting Racing Appeals Tribunal, Anthony has determined appeals heard on a de novo basis from first instance decisions in the thoroughbred and harness racing industries.
Other arbitral appointments
Anthony has been nominated by the President of Resolution Institute as a sole arbitrator in a domestic commercial dispute and by Surf Life Saving New South Wales to preside over a Judiciary Committee hearing in a code of conduct matter.
Advisory and Advocacy
Professional Sportspersons, Clubs and Associations including for Triathlon Australia in 2012 in an arbitration hearing which concerned an appeal by World Champion Emma Snowsill against her non-inclusion in the Australian Olympic Team, for athletes charged with breaches of the world anti-doping regulations and for Kurtley Beale in a code of conduct hearing brought by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) in the ARU Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Significant cases include
- In the matter of Kurtley Beale and the Australian Rugby Union (2014)
- Snowsil v Triathlon Australia (2012)
Recent publications include
- “A guide to the new National Sports Tribunal”, Law Society Journal, April 2020
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