Anthony Lo Surdo SC is an Australian Commercial Silk practising from chambers in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, London and Dubai, specialising in all forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

Anthony has mediated a vast array of disputes since he was first accredited in 1993, including more recently, in a virtual or online format.

He uses his experience as Senior Counsel and as an internationally and nationally accredited and advanced mediator to quickly identify the issues, to gain an understanding of the interests of the opposing parties and to establish a platform from which to facilitate a fair and efficient resolution of a dispute.

He is particularly adept at navigating the intricacies of complicated multi-party commercial, insurance, building and construction, partnership, property and shareholder disputes.

As a testament to his wealth of experience in mediation, in 2017 Anthony was certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute in the Hague. He joins a select number of mediators in Australia to achieve that qualification and the only Silk. In 2017, he was also certified as a mediator by the Singapore International Mediation Institute.

Anthony is an arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Australian Centre for Commercial Arbitration and a Fellow of Resolution Institute. He is registered in the Australian Register of Arbitrators as a Grade 1 Arbitrator. He is also registered as an International and Domestic Arbitrator by the National Court of Justice of Papua New Guinea. He has sat as both a sole and panel arbitrator (including as Chair) domestically and internationally.

He is also registered by Resolution Institute as an expert determiner and is regularly appointed in that role.

I was never ruined but twice – once when I lost a lawsuit, once when I won one – Voltaire

Thanks for all your work today. It was a real pleasure to have a mediator who didn’t give up and assisted the parties seeing the real issues.




July 17, 2018: A Feedback Digest prepared independently by leading mediator Alan Limbury based on 13 feedback forms in 13+ mediations, initially submitted in March, 2017 by barristers or solicitors representing parties for whom Mr. Lo Surdo has acted as a mediator in more than 13 mediations in the past 15 months. (One respondent mentioned several mediations without stating how many) has consistently rated Mr. Lo Surdo at Performance Level 5. All would recommend Mr. Lo Surdo as a mediator and would use him again as a mediator in the future. The types of disputes involved included commercial litigation; breach of contract; professional negligence; leases and mortgages; employee restraint of trade and a livestock lease. Mr. Lo Surdo’s fees were generally considered reasonable and respondents reported a very high degree of satisfaction with his mediation services. Virtually all of Mr. Lo Surdo’s mediations resulted in resolution, either at the time or shortly thereafter. Particular praise was given for Mr. Lo Surdo’s thorough preparation, often at short notice; his patience, perseverance and sound judgement; and his ability quickly to determine and articulate the issues in contention and to speak to the parties effectively as to their risks in litigation. Also found to be helpful was that he was not shy in offering his opinion; was able to challenge the parties in their thinking on their respective positions and to engage in thoughtful exploration of options. No negative comments have been reported in the period under consideration. 

Text book mediation! I really appreciate the balanced way you approached it. Hopefully we’ll get to work together again one day.