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 and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Internationally, Anthony is an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and is a member of the panel of arbitrators maintained by the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), the Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC) and Sport Resolutions (UK).
Nationally, Anthony is a Fellow of ACICA and a Fellow of Resolution Institute and is a member of the panel of arbitrators maintained by each of those bodies. He is also a member of the panel of arbitrators of the District and Local Courts of New South Wales.
Anthony had been appointed to in excess of 60 arbitral panels and has sat as a sole arbitrator, as a party appointed arbitrator and as Chairman of arbitral panels in commercial disputes including those involving sport.
His CAS appointments include: as President of various Appeal Panels; as a member of the ad hoc panel of the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia, April 2018; as a member of the ad hoc panel of the Asian Games, Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2018; as a sole arbitrator in Shanghai and Sydney; as a member of the ad hoc panel of the FIBA World Cup, 2019; and as a party appointee in a commercial dispute.
In 2019 he was appointed by Sport Resolutions (UK) to the ad hoc panel for the Davis Cup, 2019 Finals.
As a member of the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) Appeals Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee (formerly the FFA Dispute Resolution Chamber) since approximately 2008, Anthony has been involved in the determination of both disciplinary and commercial disputes that have arisen between the FFA, Member Federations, Clubs, and Players some of which have involved players and coaches of international repute.
As the Chairman of the Football NSW (FNSW) Appeals Tribunal since 2012, Anthony has been involved in the determination of disputes concerning grievances that have arisen between FNSW, Members of FNSW, Clubs and Players under the FNSW Grievance and Disciplinary Regulations.
Anthony has appeared as counsel for sporting 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 violating world anti-doping regulations and for athletes including Kurtley Beale (Australian Rugby Union) in a code of conduct hearing.
“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)