Elmi Carlean

D   08 9220 0444
E   ecarlean@francisburt.com.au

Year of election to the Bar:

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Areas of practice


Arbitration and mediation
Arbitrators and mediators

Consumer protection law
Contractual disputes
Corporate insolvency
Corporations law
Landlord and tenant
Mining and resources
Partnership disputes
Professional liability
Restraint of trade
Transport law – admiralty/aviation/maritime  

Industrial and employment
Employment contracts and restraint of trade
Industrial disputes and statutory employment rights  
Public sector appeals
Workplace health and safety

Personal injuries
Insurance – disability claims
Judicial review – motor accidents
Judicial review – workers compensation
Motor vehicles
Work injury damages
Workers' compensation

Tax and revenue
Capital gains tax
Goods and services tax
Income tax
Payroll tax
Stamp duty and other state taxes

Professional negligence


Coronial inquests

Regulatory offences
Workplace health and safety
Environmental and planning offences


Arbitration and collaboration
Child support

Family & de facto
Property, spousal-maintenance & financial
Child-related proceedings
Financial agreements
Child support

International family law
Mediation and alternative dispute resolution  
Restraining orders



Environment and planning
Environmental and planning offences
Local government
Merit appeals
Valuation of land – rating and tax appeals

Public and administrative
Disciplinary proceedings
Judicial review and administrative law  
Liquor licensing
Merits review
Privacy/freedom of information
Social security and veteran entitlements


Family planning
Family and de facto
Parenting orders
Family Provision Act
Wills and estates
Contested probate



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.



Date of admission: 2004

Qualifications: BA, LLB (Hons), LLM


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