Kimberley James Heitman, B.Juris, LlB, MACS, CT, Barrister, Solicitor and Proctor, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
My Cannington legal practice was closed in July, 1999. I continue to maintain a record of the files of K Heitman & Co, especially those relating to wills. I no longer conduct a general legal practice. I am available for consultancy work in the fields of governance, online legal issues, investigations and intellectual property.
I have served on the boards of a number of public companies and incorporated associations. Since the 1990s, I have been active in Internet associations including the Internet Community Hour, Electronic Frontiers Australia and the WA Internet Association and served on the boards of public companies iiNet Limited, AdultShop.com, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Limited and Australian Domain Administration Limited.
I studied Law at the University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice in 1982. In 1984 I commenced my own legal practice in Cannington and practised in most areas of law; from 1990 I developed a professional interest in online legal issues and technology.In 1999 I took on a role as Group Legal Counsel and CEO of iiNet Technologies Pty Ltd and continued on the Board of iiNet Limited following a successful public listing in 1999.
In 2001, I left iiNet to work at the University of Western Australia as Intellectual Property Solicitor, and owing to the tragic illness of University Counsel Linda Key I was asked to take on the roles of Deputy Director, Legal Services and then Acting Director and Acting University Counsel. I was appointed as Director of Legal Services and University Lawyer in 2002, and in that capacity served as Director, Advanced Powder Technology Pty Ltd and Advanced Nano Technologies Pty Ltd and as the University's Public Interest Disclosure Officer and Freedom of Information Co-Ordinator. I served as board member and President of the Society of University Lawyers and as a member of the Group of Eight GC Forum. I retired as General Counsel in 2016.
In 2005 I stepped down from the boards of APT and ANT on the occasion of the successful public listing of Advanced Nanotechnology Limited (now Antaria Limited). I was asked to join the boards of Tura New Music, and the Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth. I served for 10 years as Director and Chairman of the Board of ASC Limited until 2010. Since 2014 I have served on the board of W3Events Pty Ltd, bringing the World Wide Web conference to Perth in 2017.
I have been published and have lectured nationally on legal issues associated with new technology, and have appeared before several parliamentary inquiries and WA courts as an expert witness. I have served on the editorial board of the Privacy Law Bulletin and regularly wrote for that journal. I lectured twice-yearly for UWA computer science classes and regularly speak to University staff and research students on intellectual property, strategic risk management and online issues. I have conducted and spoken at seminars for LegalWise for many years.
I am available for consultancy work in the field of governance, online legal issues, investigations and intellectual property.