Anthony Lo Surdo SC
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Senior Counsel: 6 October 2011
Barrister: 9 August 1996
Solicitor: 3 July 1987
Degrees and Accreditations
Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney, 1985)
Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney, 1987)
Master of Laws (University of Sydney, 1996)
Acc. M. LEADR (1993)
National Accredited Mediator (The NSW Bar Association, 2008)
Arbitrator (Bar ADR, 2010)
Expert Determiner (Bar ADR, 2010)
Adv. M. LEADR (2013)
Arbitrator and Mediator, Court of Arbitration for Sport (2016)
Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) Fellow (2016)
Resolution Institute, Fellow (2016)
International Mediation Institute, Certified Mediator (2017)
Singapore International Mediation Institute, Certified Mediator (2017)
Arbitrator and Mediator, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) (2018)
Arbitrator, Thailand Arbitration Centre (2019)
Arbitrator, Sport Resolutions (UK) (2019)
Anthony 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 in respect of which he has written extensively and has been named in “Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” in 2011 and again in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as one of Australia’s leading insolvency and restructuring barristers.
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 “Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” as a leading mediator in New South Wales, 2018. He is also often appointed as an arbitrator in commercial matters especially involving sport both domestically and internationally.
He has advised and/or has appeared for:
The ACT Government.
Applicants and Group Members in class actions including arising out of the collapse of Storm Financial Pty Ltd (in liq) and Westpoint Corporation (in liq).
ASIC in relation to breaches of continuous disclosure provisions, breaches of market manipulation requirements, misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct, and disciplinary proceeding involving insolvency practitioners.
Banks and other financial institutions in relation to the enforcement of security interests (including mortgages, registered security interests in personal property and guarantees) and in relation to banker/customer disputes (including conversion of cheques and cheque law generally, authorities to transact on accounts and issues that have arisen in relation to safety deposits).
Creditors of insolvent companies and individuals.
Directors in relation to breach of directors’ duties and insolvent trading claims, which are the subject of public examination by insolvency administrators and/or investigations by the ASIC.
Insolvency administrators (voluntary administrators, receivers, trustees in bankruptcy and liquidators) as regards a multitude of issues that often arise in the course of an administration including applications to the Court in relation to the operation of Part 5.3A of the Corporations Act 2001, proceedings under Part 5.6 of the Corporations Act 2001 (including proceedings to set aside statutory demands and contested applications to wind-up companies), proceedings under Part 5.7B of the Corporations Act 2001 (including proceedings for the recovery of compensation for unfair preferences and other uncommercial transactions and for insolvent trading by directors) and proceedings under Part 5.9 of the Corporations Act 2001 relating to the examination of officers and other persons in relation to the examinable affairs of a corporation.
Insurers in relation to indemnity issues generally, professional indemnity (including advising and appearing in defence of surveyors, architects, valuers, brokers, town planners, builders and lawyers) and product liability.
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).
Sporting clubs and associations.
Further details about Anthony’s practice, including his publications and appointments can be found in his CV.
Anthony is accredited as an advanced mediator by Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR). He is also accredited the New South Wales Bar Association under the National Mediator Accreditation
System Standards (NMAS). He has also been ranked by “Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” as a leading mediator in New South Wales, 2018.
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.
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).
Anthony has been a member of the Supreme Court and District Court’s Mediation Panels for several years. He is also a member of the mediation panels of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the IMI and the SIMI.
Anthony has acted as mediator in a vast array of matters since he was first accredited in 1993. He has mediated well in excess of 200 complex 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’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
- 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
- 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
"I have no doubt that this matter would not have settled without your excellent ability to communicate with and across all parties in a calm & reasoned manner." Senior Lawyer - Government Department
“Text book mediation! I really appreciate the balanced way you approached it. Hopefully we’ll get to work together again one day”, General Counsel, an international foreign exchange dealer
“Your hard work, patience and perseverance was greatly appreciated and yielded a great result.” Senior Junior Counsel at the NSW Bar
“I really appreciated your help with what appeared for a long time to be an intractable matter for which settlement was impossible.” Partner of a mid-sized Sydney CBD firm
"Thank you for your perseverance and powers of persuasion...we will keep you front of mind for future matters." Partner of a National Law Firm
“Thank you for your assistance in this matter. I will definitely put you on my recommended list of mediators.” Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution of a major Australian insurer.
"I must declare I was impressed and totally blown away by the management of the mediation by [Anthony] ... [he] was honest, forthright, and his dogged, gentle but astute goading of the parties to narrow their differences was the epitome of what a competent mediator should strive to achieve. I was starting to lose faith in ADR and certainly I had no expectations going into it yesterday but [he] brilliantly maneuvered a masterful result and I am lost for words" - Solicitor at a suburban law practice.
"[S]killed facilitation and mediator skills ... that culminated in the result" Principal at a national law firm
"I appreciated [his] effort to resolve the dispute in a very efficient way ... I was very impressed with [his] mediation skills" - Solicitor at a suburban law practice
"The proceedings are settled. [Anthony's] assistance was instrumental in enabling the parties to reach this point." - Senior Associate of a national law firm.
"This was a tough mediation. There were so many obstacles to settlement so the fact that the parties achieved a resolution is a credit to Anthony." - Partner of a specialist insurance firm.
"Our confidence in Mr Lo Surdo proved to be well placed. Whilst the matter did not settle at mediation on the day, it settled shortly after. In my opinion the settlement of the dispute (which had been the subject of 2 previous rounds of difficult negotiations) occurred in consequence of Mr Lo Surdo's assistance as Mediator.
"Mr Lo Surdo's conduct of the mediation facilitated circumstances in which the convergence of opinion on questions of fact and law was facilitated, principally by him." - Partner of a National Law Firm.
The matter settled. [Anthony's] involvement and approach was in my assessment integral to achieving that outcome" - Principal of a leading commercial law firm.
Anthony is an accredited arbitrator.
Having regard to his experience in international arbitration, in June 2016, Anthony was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and was also appointed to its panel of arbitrators.
In recognition of his specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law, in January 2016, Anthony was appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and his name appears on both the general list and the football list. In February 2019, he was also appointed to the International Panel of Arbitrators maintained by Sport Resolutions (UK).
He has been appointed to the arbitration panels of the AIAC, the THAC, the District Court of NSW and the Local Court of NSW.
He has sat as both a sole and panel arbitrator in commercial and disciplinary disputes especially involving sport.
Anthony is accredited as an expert determiner.