Lonsdale Chambers Re-Opening, 27 November 2017

The new-look Lonsdale Chambers, of which Anthony Lo Surdo SC is a member, re-opened on Monday, 27 November 2017 at Level 10, 460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Among its many features are dedicated mediation rooms. Further information on Lonsdale Chambers and its members may be found at www.lonsdalechambers.com.au. Enquiries on how to retain Anthony Lo Surdo SC to conduct a mediation in Melbourne may be directed to his clerks (Sydney, Bob Rymer, (02) 9232 4016, Melbourne, Michael Green, (03) 9225 7222 or to Anthony directly on (02) 9223 3181) or losurdo@12thfloor.com.au).

Far North Coast Law Society Annual Conference – 25 February 2017

Members of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers spoke at the Far North Coast Law Society Annual Conference at Ballina on 25 February 2017. The morning was chaired by Anthony Lo Surdo SC and featured contributions from Greg Sirtes SC, Michael Loewenstein, Simon Philips, James Emmett, Daniel Tynan and Elisabeth Peden.

Head of Chambers

On 17 November 2016, Anthony Lo Surdo SC was appointed as Head of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers.

12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers is one of the largest and leading sets of barristers’ chambers in the country, with over 55 members including 17 Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel.

Our barristers practice nationally and internationally in a range of areas and jurisdictions. They have the expertise and experience to appear and advise in a manner that is both results driven and cost-effective. Our Floor maintains a distinct commitment to gender equality that is reflected in its female membership.

Members of chambers are recognised domestically and internationally as leading exponents of all forms of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation and arbitration and many are accredited as mediators and arbitrators.

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Refining Skills for Early Resolution, 12 February 2017, 22 March 2017 and 31 March 2017

Anthony Lo Surdo SC will be speaking at the Television Education Network’s Conference in Armidale on 12 February 2017 on the skill sets required for a successful resolution of disputes by ADR. That seminar will be reprised in Sydney on 22 March 2017 and will be the subject of an Australia-wide webinar on 31 March 2017.

Maxwell Lectures

Maxwell Lectures, Singapore, 8 December 2016

On 8 December 2016, members of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers will be presenting a seminar at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore, as part of its Maxwell Lectures program, on “International Arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region – Australia’s contribution to Regional Jurisprudence”.

We propose to explore and provide expert commentary on a number of important recent decisions of the superior courts of Australia impacting upon international arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region.

The link below provides further information on each of the speakers and how to register for the event which is CPD accredited.


Anthony Lo Surdo SC

Singapore Flyer

International Arbitration Masterclass – Singapore, 7 December 2016

On 7 December 2016, members of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, in conjunction with the ICC International Court of Arbitration and law firms Stephenson Harwood and Latham & Watkins, will be conducting a one day conference at the Raffles Convention Centre on “Managing International Arbitration with a South East Asian Dimension”.

Anthony Lo Surdo SC

Law Society Journal, September 2016

The contractual effect of the Code of Banking Practice

By Anthony Lo Surdo SC

In this article, the author examines a decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in which the Court considered the contractual force of the Code of Banking Practice.

Read the article in the “Blog” section.

Law Society Journal, June 2016

Court recognises indirect or market-based causation in shareholder claims

By Gregory Sirtes SC, Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Robert White

In this article, the authors, each of whom are members of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers in Sydney, examine a ground-breaking decision in which an Australian court has recognised that market based causation as a species of indirect causation is available in an action by shareholders seeking compensation for misleading statements made to the market resulting in losses to those shareholders.

Read the article in the “Blog” section.

Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, June 2016

Anthony Lo Surdo SC is once again named as a one of the country’s leading insolvency and reconstruction Silks. This follows similar nominations in 2011 and 2015

Law Society Journal, June 2016

Exercising Powers of Advancement under a Trust
by Anthony Lo Surdo SC

This article considers the extent to which a change in ownership of trust assets is necessary when exercising powers of advancement under a trust.

Read the article in the “Blog” section.

Lawyers Weekly, May 2016

Coming to the Table
by Stephanie Garber

This article considers the changing mediation landscape and the expectations of participants. The author draws on the experiences and opinions of seasoned mediators including Anthony Lo Surdo SC who is extensively quoted.

Read the article..Lawyers Weekly Mediation Article, May 2016

Law Society Journal, April 2016

Insurers’ Liability to Third Parties: CGU v Blakeley & Ors
by Anthony Lo Surdo SC

This article examines the implications for the insurance industry of a decision of the High Court of Australia which has expanded the circumstances in which a claimant may bring proceedings against an insurer directly without offending the doctrine of privity of contract.

Continue reading the article…Lo Surdo A_LSJ April 2016 – CGU v Blakeley

Corporate Disputes – April – June 2016 Issue

Can ADR assist the Board?
by Louise Pocock and Anthony Lo Surdo SC

This article examines processes which provide an alternative to litagation for the resolution of disputes, and makes a case for boards to adopt policies to give prominence to those processes.

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Lawyers Weekly – 31st March 2016

Mediation demand driven by client enthusiasm
by Felicity Nelson and Stefanie Garber

Corporate clients are increasingly embracing mediation as a method of dispute resolution, prompting lawyers to follow suit, one barrister has said. Speaking with Lawyers Weekly, Anthony Lo Surdo SC of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers said there has been a significant change in the way mediation is viewed in the business world. “Mediation was initially something the courts were imposing upon the parties, partly to address the backlog in the resolution of civil matters,” he said. In recent years, however, the business community has seen first-hand the benefits of having disputes resolved expeditiously in mediation, Mr Lo Surdo continued. “When I first did my mediation training in 1993, it wasn’t something that was universally embraced,” he said.

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