Elmi Carlean has been a member of the Western Australian Bar Association practicing from Francis Burt Chambers in Perth since 2015. Prior to joining the bar, Elmi practiced in Brisbane between 2004 and 2009 where she was involved in a wide range of commercial litigation, insurance claims and corporate governance matters. From 2009 to 2015 she acted as inhouse legal counsel in the Public Sector for the Departments of Water, Environment, and Transport, respectively, and has expertise in resources disputes, particularly in the water sector and mining industry.
Elmi has particular expertise as an advocate, and has appeared as Counsel in all State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. She has a strong interest in mediation and commercial negotiation, having completed training both as a mediator and in commercial arbitration.
Elmi practices predominantly in commercial litigation, taxation law, deceased estates, family law, employment law and migration law. She has a Maritime Law LLM from the University of Queensland and has acted in a number of shipping matters as well as several aviation claims.
She is an adjunct lecturer for the College of Law, has published a number of articles in various legal publications and presented papers and training courses at numerous CPD events in WA.
Elmi regularly contributes to the profession by way of acting pro bono on worthy matters and volunteering her time in order to mentor students.