The register of members is one of the statutory registers that a company is
required to keep in accordance with the Companies Act 2006. It is the prima
facie evidence of title to shares in a company.
Our site contains 2 forms of template register; this template, which
contains only the prescribed statutory information and designed for a
company with a smaller shareholder base and with only one class of shares.
A second, more detailed version is also available; this may be more
suitable for companies with a wider shareholder base and more than one
class of share.
The Register of Members must state:
the name and address of each member;
the date on which each person was registered as a member;
the date on which any person ceased to be a member;
number and class of shares held by each member, and
the amount paid or agreed to be considered as paid on the shares of
Further information in relation to the register of members can be found in
our guidance note which includes a discussion of where the register must be
kept, the inspection regime and the obligations on companies to comply with
requests for inspection.
Note that the register of members only records the legal owners of shares
rather than the beneficial owners. The register may therefore not
completely reflect the true ultimate owners, but rather record nominee
shareholders. However since 6th April 2016 beneficial owners who
own or control more than 25% of a company’s shares must be recorded in a
company’s register of people with significant control (PSC). This makes the
process of “hiding” behind nominees more difficult. Our PSC templates can
. We also have templates covering declarations of beneficial ownership;
these can be accessed
This template is in open format.
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