ADR Options and Strategies, March 2021

On 13 March and 20 March 2021, Anthony Lo Surdo SC spoke at the Legalwise “10 Points on a Saturday” conferences in Sydney and Melbourne on ADR options and strategies.

Mediation Advocacy, February 2021

On 11 February 2021, Anthony Lo Surdo SC spoke to Legalwise Seminars on aspects of Mediation Advocacy.

Far North Coast Law Society Conference, February 2021

On 20 February 2021, Anthony Lo Surdo SC spoke at the Far North Coast Law Society Conference with Robert McDougall QC on “ADR Options – Strategies and Insights.”

Japan Sports Law Association, January 2021

On 26 January 2021, Anthony Lo Surdo SC presented a well-received webinar to members of the Japan Sports Law Association as part of its Study and Research on International Sports Arbitration on aspects of CAS Arbitration and the role of the CAS Arbitrator.

ADR Options – Strategies and Insights, November 2020

On 4  November 2020, Anthony Lo Surdo SC addressed the Leo Cussen Institute for Law, Victoria in a webinar on “ADR Options – Strategies and Insights” as part of its Dispute Resolution and Skills Intensive.

Federal Court Casenotes, November 2020

Anthony Lo Surdo SC and 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers colleague Theresa Power have been retained to co-author the Federal Court Casenotes. Their article appears monthly in the Law Society Journal (NSW), Law Institute Journal (Victoria), The Proctor (Queensland) and similar publications in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory in both hard copy and in a digital format. The topics cover a mixture of substantive law and important decisions affecting practice and procedure.

Anthony Lo Surdo SC appointed an International and Domestic Arbitrator in Papua New Guinea, October 2020

His Honour Deputy Chief Justice Kandakasi in his capacity as Judge Administrator of the ADR Track of the National Court of Justice of Papua New Guinea, has approved the professional credentials of Anthony Lo Surdo SC, FCIArb as an International Arbitrator. Mr Lo Surdo SC has now joined the Court’s ADR Service’s Register of International and Domestic Arbitrators. Mr Lo Surdo’s appointment is a well-deserved recognition of his experience, standing and repute as an international arbitrator.

The future of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Sport: the National Sports Tribunal

The September issue of Resolution Institute’s “arbitrator and mediator” contains an article by Anthony Lo Surdo SC on the future of ADR in the resolution of sports disputes with an emphasis on the National Sports Tribunal and featuring an interview with John Boultbee AM, the Tribunal’s inaugural CEO.

National Sports Tribunal, March 2020

Anthony Lo Surdo SC is honoured to have been appointed by Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, the Federal Minister for Youth and Sport as one of the inaugural members (part-time) of the National Sports Tribunal which commenced operations on 19 March 2020. It aims to provide for ‘… an effective, efficient, independent, transparent and specialist tribunal for the fair hearing and resolution of sporting disputes’ for the Australian sporting community. It provides an opt-in system of resolution of certain sports and sports-related disputes by arbitration, mediation, conciliation and case appraisal.

AsianJurist, November 2019

The November 2019  issue of the AsianJurist contains an article by Anthony Lo Surdo SC on the Singapore Convention on Mediation: Link below:

CAS Conference, Budapest – October 2019

On 24 October 2019, Anthony Lo Surdo SC who is on the arbitration and mediation panels of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), spoke at its conference in Budapest on enhancing the use of mediation in CAS procedures.

Davis Cup Finals, October 2019

Anthony Lo Surdo SC was appointed by Sport Resolutions UK to an international panel to determine any disputes that arise from the ITF Davis Cup Finals being played in Madrid.

FIBA World Cup, 2019

Anthony Lo Surdo SC has been appointed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to an international panel to determine any issues that arise during the FIBA World Cup that is being held in China from 31 August 2019 to 15 September 2019.

Indonesia & SE Asia: 6th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Summit, Jakarta, 6 December 2018

On 6 December 2018, Anthony Lo Surdo SC will be co-chairing the Indonesia & SE Asia 6th Annual Arbitration and Regulatory Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta and contributing to a panel discussion on expedited procedures and emergency arbitration procedures.

Japan Sports Law Association, 15 December 2018

Anthony Lo Surdo SC will be speaking at the Japan Sports Law Association Annual Assembly on 15 December 2018 in Kyoto on “Gender in Sports Federations and Sports Arbitration” and the “Protection of Athletes against harassment, abuse and violence – An Australian Perspective.”

Asian Games, August/September 2018

Anthony Lo Surdo SC has been appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Ad Hoc Panel for the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta/Palembang, Indonesia between 18 August 2018 and 2 September 2018.

Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, April 2018

Anthony Lo Surdo SC has been appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Ad Hoc Panel for the Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast between 4 and 15 April 2018.

Ethics in Litigation

On Friday, 23 March 2018, I have been invited by the Newcastle Law Society to present on Ethics in Litigation. Join me as I examine the labyrinthine ethical and professional obligations associated with the commencement, pursuit and settlement of proceedings (by both direct negotiation and at mediation). Theresa Power and Lucy Robb Vujcic also from12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers will consider statutory interpretation and costs.

The seminar will be held at the offices of Sparke Helmore, 28 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle from 2 pm to 5 pm. Details on how to register can be obtained from

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 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

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.

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.

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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”.

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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.

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.

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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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