Transfer Company Shares

Have you had a change in your shareholders? Use our Share Services to document a transfer of company shares or update your shareholding information at Companies House.

When it comes to transferring shares in a private company, this must be documented and registered at Companies House. If you’re planning on transferring or issuing shares we can help you complete all the necessary documentation required by Companies House. Keep your company compliant without worrying about the tricky administration. This service is for UK companies Ltd by shares.

Navigating how to transfer company shares or update your shareholding information can be complicated and potentially time consuming, especially when you have a number of other tasks that you probably need to do. 

This is where our services for Companies House share transfer come in. 

No matter if you’d like to transfer shares to another person or or would simply like to update your shareholding information at Companies House, our packages offer a quick and easy way for you to do this, with up to 3 share transfers. 

How It Works: 

  1. Purchase your package 
  2. You’ll receive an automated email from us requesting details of your changes to shareholding. 
  3. After your response, we will prepare the relevant forms and resolutions. 
  4. These documents will be uploaded to your online account. We recommend you print and file these for our own records. 
  5. We will also prepare a Confirmation Statement with new shareholding information.
  6. Once prepared, we will notify you and ask you to review the Confirmation Statement. 
  7. Once accepted, it will be filed at Companies House.

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There is no maximum on the amount of shares that can be issued.

Please Note: It will be up to the discretion of Companies House whether the issue request will be accepted or not.

Currently, we are able to issue shares of any class (as long as it is accepted by Companies House). If you are issuing a share class that is new to the company and not already existing you will have to inform us of the "prescribed particulars" in accordance with the new share class. 

Shares issued in an already existing share class must be of the same value as the other shares within that class.

Our Issue of Shares service is if you want to add new shares in the company and require the issue process to be documented on paper. You must receive consent from all members of your company prior to completing an issue.

What do I receive?

  • SH01 Form (Return of Allotment of Shares) Completed at Companies House
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Board Resolution
  • Blank Share Certificate
  • Confirmation Statement to inform Companies House of the newly issued share appointment.

These documents act as a receipt for the newly issued shares. Maximum number of issues are subject to the service that your purchased (issues must be for the same company). If you would like to make more than 3 issues please read the following article: "I need to make more than 3 Issues".

If applicable, stamp duty fee is not included.

Please Note: Details of this issue are not automatically updated online at Companies House. Any changes to the shareholding will only reflect on the Companies House register once a Confirmation Statement has been filed.

To process an issue of shares request we require:

  • Company Name
  • Number of new shares to be issued
  • Name and address of shareholder
  • Are the shares paid for or unpaid?

This will be requested with your purchase confirmation email of our Issue of Shares service so please feel free to simply reply to that email with the requested information as swiftly as possible to ensure a quicker turnaround for completion. 

There are many reasons why a company may need to issue shares, for example:

  • Raising money to finance the business.
  • Shares may be issued in order to repay some or all of the company’s borrowing.
  • New funds may simply be required to grow the business organically or invest towards larger projects.
  • To add a new shareholder (owner) into the company. 

There are many reasons why a company will need to transfer shares, for example:

  • The retirement or death of a shareholder
  • Recouping investment
  • Changing the business structure
  • The shareholder(s) are leaving the business

If you transfer shares from one person/ company to another then you are essentially removing the shareholder from the company as they are left with no shares.

Please Note: If the person being removed from the company was one of the initial shareholders at the time of incorporation, they will still be considered "Subscribers" to the company as these cannot be changed. 

Our Transfer of Shares service is if you want to transfer existing share/s from one shareholder to another and require the transfer process to be documented on paper. You must receive consent from all members of your company prior to completing a transfer.

What do I receive?

  • J30 Stock Transfer Form
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Blank Share Certificate
  • Confirmation Statement to inform Companies House of share transfers.

These documents act as a receipt for your new shareholder. Maximum number of transfers are subject to the service that your purchased (transfers must be for the same company). If you would like to make more than 3 transfers please read the following article: "I need to make more than 3 Transfers".

If applicable, stamp duty fee is not included.

Please Note: Details of this transfer are not automatically updated online at Companies House. Any changes to the shareholding will only reflect on the Companies House register once a Confirmation Statement has been filed.

For shares over £1,000, the J30 stock transfer form is required to be stamped by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The payment for this is known as stamp duty and is currently 0.5% of the share amount, rounded to the nearest £5. 

For example, to transfer shares valued at £1,800, 0.5 x 1800 = £9.00 so a £10 stamp duty fee is payable.

To process a share transfer we require:

  • Company Name
  • The name and address of the person who is transferring the shares
  • The name and address of the person who is receiving the shares
  • The number of shares being transferred

This will be requested with your purchase confirmation email of our Transfer of Shares service so please feel free to simply reply to that email with the requested information as swiftly as possible to ensure a quicker turnaround for completion. 

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