Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution. Arbitration is the private, judicial determination of a dispute, by an independent third party. An arbitration hearing may involve the use of an individual arbitrator or a tribunal. Arbitration is an alternative to court action and generally just as final and binding.
Anthony is an accredited arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and registered in the Australian Register of Practising Arbitrators as a Grade 1 Arbitrator. He is also registered by the National Court of Justice of Papua New Guinea as an international and domestic arbitrator.
He has been recognised by Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in 2019, 2020 and 2021 as one of the country’s leading Arbitration Silks.
International Arbitral Panel Appointments
Court of Arbitration for Sport (General and Football Lists)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Sport Resolutions (UK), International Panel of Arbitrators
Dubai International Arbitration Centre-London Court of International
Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
Abu Dhabi Global Markets Arbitration Centre (ADGM)
Qatar International Commercial Centre for Arbitration (QICCA)
Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC)
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
Shanghai Arbitration Commission (SHAC)
Australian Centre for International Arbitration (ACICA)
National Court of Justice of Papua New Guinea, Register of International and Domestic Arbitrators
National Arbitral Panel Appointments
Resolution Institute, Australia/NZ (Grade 1 Arbitrator)
National Sports Tribunal, Australia
The FA (England), Judiciary Panel
Acting Racing Appeals Tribunal, NSW
Football Federation Australia (FA) Appeals Committee
FA Dispute Resolution Chamber
FA Disciplinary and Ethics Committee (Co-Chair)
FNSW Appeals Tribunal (Chair)
District Court of NSW
Local Court of NSW
Having regard to his experience in international arbitration, in June 2016, Anthony was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2020. In 2020, he was also appointed by the National Court of Justice of Papua New Guinea to its register of International and Domestic Arbitrators.
He has sat as both a sole and panel arbitrator including as Chair in over 90 domestic and international arbitrations involving commercial, disciplinary and governance disputes.
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 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; and
• in September 2021, he was appointed to The FA (England) Judiciary Panel.
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 May 2018, Anthony was appointed to the CAS ad hoc panel for the Asian Games, Jakarta, Indonesia in August/September 2018.
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 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 sole arbitrator in a commercial dispute.
In July 2020, Anthony was appointed by a party in a commercial dispute.
In November 2021, Anthony was appointed as President of a panel in two related disciplinary appeals.
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.
The FA (England)
In 2021, Anthony chaired Regulatory Commission hearings concerning breaches by participants of provisions of The FA Rules and Regulations including in relation to safeguarding the interests of minors.
As a member of the Football Australia (FA) Appeals Committee since 2008, Anthony has determined both disciplinary and non-disciplinary disputes that have arisen between the FA, Member Federations, Clubs, and Players mostly involving players and coaches of international repute.
As a member of the FA Dispute Resolution Chamber since 2008, Anthony has determined commercial disputes and appeals that have arisen between the FA, Member Federations, Clubs, and Players under the FA Grievance Resolution Regulations, some of which have involved players and coaches of international repute.
As a member of the FA Disciplinary and Ethics Committee also since 2008 (and from 2020 as Co-Chair), 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 (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 domestic commercial disputes, by Surf Life Saving New South Wales to preside over a Judiciary Committee hearing in a code of conduct matter and by Australian Sailing in relation to a member protection policy dispute.
“Mr Lo Surdo is a valued and important senior member of … [the Football Federation Australia] dispute resolution bodies and FFA is very pleased to have someone of Mr Lo Surdo’s experience, professional standing and dispute resolution acumen involved in the sport of football.” (FFA Head of Legal, Business Affairs and Integrity).
“Mr Lo Surdo is a valued and well respected member of the Football NSW Appeals Tribunal and has brought a high level of professionalism and experience to the role of Chairman…he has implemented a system of issuing directions to parties in an effort to distil the main issues and reduce the length of hearings.” (Chief Executive Officer, FNSW)