handshkeiconMediation is a structured negotiation process in which an independent person, known as a mediator, assists the parties to identify and assess options and negotiate an agreement to resolve their dispute. Mediation (and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)), are increasingly prominent features of modern litigation.

Anthony is accredited as an advanced mediator by Resolution Institute (formerly Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution (LEADR)), having first obtained his qualifications as a mediator in 1993. He is also a Fellow of that institution. He has been accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System Standards (NMAS) since its establishment in 2008.

Anthony has been named by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in 2018 and again in 2019 as a leading mediator in NSW.

In recognition of his specialist knowledge of mediation and sports law, in 2016, Anthony was appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport as a mediator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In 2017, Anthony gained international accreditation by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and by the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI). He joins a select number of Australian mediators to be so accredited.

Anthony has been a member of the Supreme Court and District Court’s Mediator Panels for several years. He is also a member of the mediation panels of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), IMI, SIMI and Sport Resolutions (UK).

Anthony has acted as mediator in a vast array of matters since he was first accredited as a mediator in 1993 including in excess of 250 complex, multi-party disputes. He uses his experience as both Senior Counsel and as a mediator to quickly identify the issues and to gain an understanding of the position of each party in the mediation so as to assist in facilitating a fair and efficient resolution to a dispute.

Anthony’s work as a mediator includes disputes arising from or concerning the following:

  • Banking and finance
  • Building, construction and mining
  • Contractual claims, including cross-border disputes
  • Corporations law disputes including claims arising from insolvency
  • Industrial and employment law
  • Partnerships
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Medical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Negligence and related claims against professional advisers including doctors, lawyers, accountants, town planners, real estate agents, financial planners, valuers and builders
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Probate and Succession
  • Property and Planning

Anthony is also able to provide mediation facilities in the heart of the Sydney and Melbourne legal districts. He conducts mediations across Australia and internationally.


“Thank you for your assistance in this matter. I will definitely put you on my recommended list of mediators.” Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution of a major Australian insurer.

“I must declare I was impressed and totally blown away by the management of the mediation by [Anthony] … [he] was honest, forthright, and his dogged, gentle but astute goading of the parties to narrow their differences was the epitome of what a competent mediator should strive to achieve. I was starting to lose faith in ADR and certainly I had no expectations going into it yesterday but [he] brilliantly manoeuvered a masterful result and I am lost for words” – Solicitor at a suburban law practice.

“[S]killed facilitation and mediator skills … that culminated in the result” Principal at a national law firm

“I appreciated [his] effort to resolve the dispute in a very efficient way … I was very impressed with [his] mediation skills” – Solicitor at a suburban law practice

“The proceedings are settled. [Anthony’s] assistance was instrumental in enabling the parties to reach this point.” – Senior Associate of a national law firm. 

“This was a tough mediation. There were so many obstacles to settlement so the fact that the parties achieved a resolution is a credit to Anthony.” – Partner of a specialist insurance firm.

“Our confidence in Mr Lo Surdo proved to be well placed.  Whilst the matter did not settle at mediation on the day, it settled shortly after. In my opinion the settlement of the dispute (which had been the subject of 2 previous rounds of difficult negotiations) occurred in consequence of Mr Lo Surdo’s assistance as Mediator.

 “Mr Lo Surdo’s conduct of the mediation facilitated circumstances in which the convergence of opinion on questions of fact and law was facilitated, principally by him.” – Partner of a National Law Firm.

“The matter settled. [Anthony’s] involvement and approach was in my assessment integral to achieving that outcome.” – Principal of a leading commercial law firm.

It was a pleasure working with a mediator who had obviously read the brief, was thoroughly prepared and was willing to engage with the issues.” – A Sydney Commercial Silk

“You did a great job to get the parties this close.   It looked pretty forlorn when I left.” –  A Melbourne Commercial Silk

“It was a difficult case. I thought settlement was unlikely. It was a long day, but through Mr Lo Surdo’s perseverance and good advice, it settled. It helped that he was not shy in offering his opinion.” – Counsel at the NSW Bar

The mediator quickly identified the real issues in the Proceedings, informed all parties of the appropriate litigation risk that existed and assisted in negotiating an agreeable settlement for all parties involved.” – Solicitor at a National Firm

Ability to quickly determine and articulate the issues in contention allowing parties considerable time to focus on achieving outcome…an experienced commercial negotiator who was able to challenge both parties in their thinking on their respective positions.” Head of Legal at a National Charity