Roderick Ramage

list of published articles and precedents on non-pension law topics


None of these articles or precedents is advice to any person and none of them may be taken as a definitive statement of the law in general or in any particular case. The author does not accept any responsibility for anything that any person does or does not do as a result of reading them.



e-material & testamentary dispositions or PDF as published in NLJ


This updates slightly the precedent in 24 below with additional notes about the problems of identifying a deceased assets and labilities when all or much is kept on line.


first published in New Law Journal on 10 February 2017


charitable incorporated organisations or PDF as published in NLJ


Guidance notes about the so-called conversion of an unincorporated charity into a CIO.


first published in New Law Journal on 9 December 2016


personalised registration numbers or PDF as published in NLJ


An explanation of what you buy, when you think that you are buying a cherished or personalised number plate.


first published in New Law Journal on 28 February 2016


testamentary disposal of testator’s e-material (note and precedent codicil) or PDF as published in NLJ


Computer held date is already an important asset of some people and will become increasingly important for more people.  This precedent codicil, with an explanatory note, explores whether and how testamentary dispositions of computer based material might be effected.


first published in New Law Journal on 12 September 2014

also published in the 21st edition of Kelly’s Legal Precedents, Butterworths, 2014


Fair share? or PDF as published in NLJ


Discussion whether George Osbourne’s hairbrained proposal for employee shares announced at the Conservative Party Conference in October 2012 and enacted by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013  can work effectively.


first published in New Law Journal on 6 September 2013


Perpetuities and Accumulations Act 2009


This first look at the Act reviews the history of the rules against perpetuates and excessive accumulation and the changes to be made to them when the 2009 Act comes into force.


first published in Solicitors Journal on line on 15 December 2009


chairman’s casting vote at company general meetings


BIS (formerly BERR)  asserts in the explanatory note to the Companies (Tables A to F) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2007 SI 2007/2826 that the chairman’s casting vote conflicts with the definition of an ordinary resolution of the members of a company in s282(a) of the Companies Act 2006.  This article suggest that BIS is mistaken and that nothing in this Act prevents companies from providing in their articles of association for the chairman of a general meeting to have a casting vote.


1st published in the 3rd edition of Companies Acts: Model Articles and Table A (LexisNexis Butterworths)


He, she, yo!  or PDF as published in NLJ


We lack a gender neutral third person pronoun.  Poets have long used ‘they’ for he and she, as do journalists and other woolly users of the English language (including, alas, a few lawyers who should know better).  Most proposals to fill the gap have failed at the starting line, but ‘yo’ might just have a sporting chance.


1st published 14 February 2008 (New Law Journal)




Can companies be trusted?  or PDF as published in NLJ


Some aspects of Tesco law.  What Clementi forgot to tell us.  The black letter company law reasons why shareholders’ demands for profits must override public interest.


1st published 12 May 2006 (New Law Journal)



What is religion?


Thoughts on the distinction between religion and the manifestation of religion in connection with employment regulations, incitement to hatred, human rights and the Denbigh School case.


1st published 2 April 2005



Effective Draftsmanship – Parts 1 to 5


The danger of simplistic language, an analysis of legal sentences and how the courts interpret documents.


1st published 17 December 2004  to 8 April 2005 (New Law Journal)



Disciplinary and grievance procedures


Short basic precedents to comply with the statutory procedures brought into force on 1 October 2004.


1st published 19 November 2004 (New Law Journal)



ACAS Arbitration


Notes on submitting an employment dispute to ACAS arbitration and a precedent of the required agreement.  Obsolete except as a example of well-intentioned but impracticable legislation.


1st published 29 March 2002



Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999


Boilerplate clauses to deal with the various situations envisaged by this act.


1st published 14 April 2000 (New Law Journal)



Repayment of Maternity Pay


A precedent for the repayment of contractual maternity pay of a woman does not return to work after maternity leave


1st published 22 January 1999 (New Law Journal)



Working Time Regulations documents


Indicative precedents of the type of documents required under these regulation and notes about their use.


1st published 21 August 1998 (New Law Journal)



Club formation and rules


Precedents of rules for an unincorporated sports or social club and short formation agreement


1st published 22 & 29 May 1998 (New Law Journal)



Directors and shareholders


Precedents and noted for articles of association of companies to regulate the balance of power between directors and shareholders and between groups of shareholders


1st published 5 December 1997 and 23 January 1998



How many votes do you need?


Article analysing the various percentage shareholdings required for different purposes under the companies legislation


10 October and 7 November 1997 (New Law Journal)



Conflict of interest on the merger of two firms of solicitors


Review in the form of precedent letters of issues to be considered when firms merge and have clients on opposite sides of transactions and whether they may continue despite a conflict of interest.


24 and 31 January 1997 (New Law Journal)



Mobbing in the workplace


Article based originally on Swiss and German experience of frustrated employees "mobbing" bosses, but adapted to English law and reviewing legal issues of bullying in the workplace.


1st published 25 October and 2 November 1996 (New Law Journal)



Solicitors in breach of copyright


Note about the risk of infringement and the use of a licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency.


1st published 21 February 1996 (New Law Journal)

updated 25 August 2015



Transfer of undertakings and variation of employment terms


A critique of the Employment Appeals Tribunal decision in the St Helen's case: Wilson and others, sanders and Wallace v St Helen's Borough Council


1st published 14 June 1996 (New Law Journal)

updated 6 August 2008 (restriction on contracting out)



Loaning horses


Precedent agreement for the loan of a horse with explanatory notes.


1st published May 1995 (Horse & Rider, based on a precedent in New Law Journal 15 July 1994)



Written statement of particulars of employment


Check list of all items which must be included in an employee's statement as introduced by the Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993 and now in the Employment Rights Act 1996


1st published 25 November 1994 (New Law Journal) (updated for the ERA 1996 )



Agreement to refrain from instituting or continuing proceedings before an Industrial Tribunal


Precedent of a short settlement agreement by letter as introduced by the Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993 and now in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and notes on its use.


1st published 17 September 1993 (New Law Journal).  Latest revision 15 August 2015



Will or Shall?


Use of these words in legal documents and introduction to the analysis of a legal sentence into its component parts. As relevant today as when first written.


1st published 30 April 1970 (New Law Journal)

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