Sydney barrister Anthony Lo Surdo SC (pictured) has replaced Greg Sirtes SC as the head of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers. His leadership of the 55-member chambers commenced on 17 November 2016.
Mr Lo Surdo described the leadership of the chambers by the immediate past head as “marked by strength, resilience and a great generosity of spirit”.
“I am delighted and honoured by the appointment,” Mr Lo Surdo said.
Mr Lo Surdo took silk in 2011 and was admitted to the bar in 1996. He is an experienced arbitrator and mediator. Last year he was appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as both a mediator and arbitrator.
He also specialises in commercial law, equity, corporations law, insurance law, professional indemnity and property law.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, in Mr Lo Surdo’s view, are set to rise in the years to come. He flagged the rising cost of litigation as one of the reasons for this.
“The uncertainties inherent in that process will further fuel the growth of ADR and, in particular, mediation and arbitration,” Mr Lo Surdo said.
“The 12th floor has been at the forefront of ADR for many years, with a number of our members highly sought after to act as mediators and arbitrators.”
A number of the members of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers are accredited mediators. Among its members, there is a total of 17 Queen's counsel and senior counsel.
Mr Lo Surdo is of the view that as the legal profession continues to globalise, there will be a greater need for an independent bar that offers advisory, advocacy and ADR services at reasonable prices. He hopes that individuals, governments and corporations can enjoy, where appropriate, the benefits of the direct briefing of barristers.
“More than ever there will be a need for an independent bar in offering clients superior, robust and cost-effective advisory, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation and arbitration,” Mr Lo Surdo said.