Ms Elen Seymour

Ms Elen Seymour

Interim Dean - School of Law,
Dean's Unit - School of Law

Senior Lecturer,
School of Law

Senior Lecturer,
School of Law


Elen is the Interim Dean and the Deputy Provost Parramatta South Campus and a Fellow of the Tax Institute.

Elen has worked in tax for two decades after graduating from the University of Sydney with a double degree in Arts and Law.  Elen started her tax career with the Australian Taxation Office in their Graduate Program. After completing the Graduate Program, Elen was promoted to a position in the International Tax team in the Sydney office.  Elen worked in the Transfer Pricing team on the Transfer Pricing Record Review audit team and assisted the High Wealth Individual Trust review team.  Elen was subsequently recruited as a tax consultant by PricewaterhouseCoopers Sydney Australia to work predominantly in their Transfer Pricing team in audit defence work.  Elen later transferred to PricewaterhouseCoopers Ottawa, Canada as a Senior Associate in their International Tax continuing to specialise in Transfer Pricing issues and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Montreal and Toronto on several projects.  

Returning to Australia Elen commenced teaching as a sessional lecturer for the University of Western Sydney (and Wollongong University) in 2003 teaching tax and commercial law subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.   Elen also commenced part-time study in a Masters of Law with a tax and administrative law focus at the University of Sydney's Law School, completing her studies in 2008.  

 In 2010 Elen accepted a full-time position as Lecturer in Taxation Law and Financial Services with the School of Law and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018.

Elen has been a Director Academic Program in the School of Law since July 2017, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching since 2020, Deputy Dean since May 2022 and was appointed Interim Dean September 2023.  

Elen's research interests encompass the regulation and taxation of charities, the use of technology and social media in legal education and academic integrity in higher education. 

This information has been contributed by Ms Seymour.


  • LLM University of Sydney
  • LLB University of Sydney
  • BA University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Academic Integrity Network (2022 - 2023)
  • Australasian Tax Teachers Association (2011)
  • Taxation Institute of Australia (2013 - 2015)
  • Australian Law Teachers Association (2010 - 2012)
  • Australian Charity Law Association (2015 - 2015)


  • School of Law Leadership Award 2021-12-01


  • Higher Education
  • Legal Education
  • Tax Administration
  • Taxation Law,
  • Taxation of Charities
  • social media

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Law
  • School of Law
  • School of Law


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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200019 Revenue Law, 2012
  • 200186 Advanced Taxation Law, 2008
  • 200187 Taxation Law, 2012
  • 200814 Commercial Transactions Law, 2014
  • 200869 Principles of Taxation, 2015
  • 200872 Contemporary Issues in Taxation, 2017
  • 201007 Revenue Law Industry Placement, 2018
  • AC808A Taxation Planning and Implications, 2006
  • D1005 Introduction To Law, 2013
  • LW805A Capital Gains Tax, 2007


Chapters in Books

  • McPherson, J., Noakes, S., Seymour, E. and Lynch, J. (2023), 'Connecting generic academic integrity modules to professional integrity through curriculum design', Academic Quality and Integrity in the New Higher Education Digital Environment: A Global Perspective, Chandos Publishing 9780323954235.
  • Seymour, E. (2019), 'Taxation : strategies for financial planners', Financial Planning in Australia, LexisNexis Butterworths 9780409349047.
  • Seymour, E. (2017), 'Taxation : strategies for financial planners', Financial Planning in Australia, LexisNexis Butterworths 9780409342536.
  • Seymour, E. (2015), 'Tax strategies', Financial Planning in Australia: Advice and Wealth Management, LexisNexis Butterworths 9780409339376.
  • Seymour, E. (2015), 'Taxation : an overview for financial planners', Financial Planning in Australia: Advice and Wealth Management, LexisNexis Butterworths 9780409339376.
  • Seymour, E. (2009), 'Taxation - overview and income; deductions, offsets and other taxes and bringing it all together: tax planning', Financial Planning in Australia, Lexis Nexis Butterworths 9780409325607.

Journal Articles

  • Martin, F., Barker, S., Nehme, M. and Seymour, E. (2017), 'The rise and fall (?) of two Charities Commissions : how common law countries can learn from the experiences in New Zealand and Australia', New Zealand Universities Law Review, vol 27, no 4B .
  • Seymour, E. (2016), 'Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission update', Alternative Law Journal, vol 41, no 1 , pp 66 - 66.
  • Seymour, E. and Nehme, M. (2015), 'The ACNC, the Senate, the Commission of Audit and the not-for-profit sector', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol 38, no 3 , pp 1186 - 1214.
  • Seymour, E. (2013), 'Social media and the tax practice', Taxation in Australia, vol 47, no 7 , pp 434 - 437.
  • Spencer, L. and Seymour, E. (2013), 'Reading law : motivating digital natives to ?do the reading'', Legal Education Review, vol 23, no 1 , pp 177 - 200.
  • Seymour, E. (2012), 'The not-for-profit sector in the 21st century', Alternative Law Journal, vol 37, no 4 , pp 277 - 278.
  • Seymour, E. (2010), 'The Henry Review and charitable purpose : workable solutions or another band-aid?', Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, vol 3, no 1&2 , pp 127 - 138.

Conference Papers

  • Seymour, E. (2013), 'Tax and social media networking', Tasmania State Convention: Tax and Social Media Networking, Launceston, Tasmania.

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