Elmi Carlean

ChambersFrancis Burt Chambers
Street AddressLevel 19, Allendale Square, 77 St George's Terrace, Perth Western Australia 6000
Postal AddressGPO Box C122 , Perth Western Australia 6839
DX AddressDX 182, Perth
Fax(08) 9325 9111
Year Admitted to Practice 2004
Year Elected to WABA2015
Year Appointed QC/SC
QualificationsBA (Rhodes), LLB (Hons) (Rhodes), Grad Dip Legal Practice (UQ), LLM (Maritime) (UQ)
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Elmi Carlean’s areas of practice include general commercial and civil litigation, and all aspects of family law and employment law. She has extensive experience in administrative law, environmental law, regulatory compliance, resources disputes (particularly in the water sector and mining industry) and complex contractual disputes.

Prior to election to the Bar, Elmi practised in a wide range of commercial litigation, insurance claims in particular aviation, maritime, rail and freight claims – and corporate governance matters in private practice. She has also subsequently practiced in family law and as in-house legal counsel in the Public Sector for the Departments of Water, Environment and Transport.

Elmi tutors in taxation law at the University of Western Australia and is an adjunct lecturer for the College of Law. She has a keen interest in maritime and shipping law matters, having obtained a Maritime Law LLM from the University of Queensland in 2004.

Elmi was secretary for Women Lawyers of WA for a number of years and is a committee member of the CPD & Social Committee of the Family Law Practitioners Association of WA. She has published a number of articles in various legal publications and has presented papers and training courses at numerous CPD events in WA.

Elmi has particular expertise as an advocate. Having completed additional intensive training both as a mediator and in commercial arbitration, she has a strong interest in mediation and commercial negotiation. She is available to appear in all Courts or Tribunals across WA, as well as interstate.


  • Administrative & Constitutional
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporations
  • Employment Law
  • Environment
  • Family & De Facto
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Local Government
  • Mining Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Planning and Development
  • Professional Negligence
  • Shipping Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills & Estates
  • Workers Compensation

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