About us

Capital Letter provides court judgment summaries from New Zealand’s High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Environment Court. It also provides updates on legislation, statutory reviews, general reviews and news. It enjoys a wide subscription base ranging from large law firms through to sole practitioners; in-house counsel within the corporate sector; and central and local government entities.

Capital Letter was established in 1978 and has been one of the most well-read publications in New Zealand legal and administrative circles for decades. Jack Hodder KC was one of the founding editors.

Freeman Media purchased Capital Letter in February 2020 and since then the publication has transitioned into an online format which is proving a popular move amongst its 370 subscribing organisations who receive either a daily or weekly newsletter sent directly to their inbox. As part of the ownership change, new content has been added which includes expert commentary and opinion pieces from around the sector, general legal news and an industry calendar which includes information on sector events, changes to legislation and consultations affecting the industry.

In November 2020 it acquired resource management legal publication and directory, rma.net. In October 2021 it acquired The Judments Unlimited Express ('The Express') which publishes all judgments from the higher courts, in a briefer format to Capital Letter. Both of these products have been incorporated into Capital Letter. The Express is an additional subscription on top of Capital Letter.


Capital Letter is published by Freeman Media, an experienced Wellington-based publisher of business news and information services for corporate, professional and large organisation readers which also runs a number of large industry events. It was established in 2002 by Matt Freeman, who published business magazines and websites in the telecommunications and IT sectors. Freeman Media’s other publications are Energy News and Inside Resources.


To be New Zealand's leading provider of industry news, events and information.

To educate, inform and assist people in making decisions in their chosen field.

Our products aim to achieve excellence in news and information services by providing a rich content experience.

Our customers are our readers, our advertisers, our stakeholders.

Content comes first.


Rob Smith – Subscriptions ManagerCapital Letter

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Corban Avery – Subscriptions Consultant, Capital Letter

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Josh Riddiford – Editor, Capital Letter

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Tracey Cormack – Writer, Capital Letter

LLB Canterbury University, IPLS 2006

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Geoff Adlam – Writer, Capital Letter

MA(Hons), LLB and Cert Journalism



Graham Taylor – Writer, Capital Letter

LLM (1st class honours) VUW, PhD (Cambridge) AAMNZ (formerly)


Helen Bowen – Editor, Judgments Express

LLB (Otago University)

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Gavin Evans  Group Editor, Freeman

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Matt Freeman – Managing Director, Freeman

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Jeannie Stirling  Digital Advertising Sales Manager, Freeman

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Irwin Munro – General Manager, Freeman

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