prepared independently by leading mediator Alan Limbury based on feedback forms in 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 preceding 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.