Stock Transfer Form (Form J30 Fully Paid Shares)
This Stock Transfer (or share transfer) Form is used to record the transfer
of fully paid shares from one shareholder to another.
Section 770(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2006 states that a company must not
register a transfer of shares in the company unless a proper instrument of
transfer has been delivered to it. The usual form that it takes is governed
by the Stamp Transfer Act 1963 (as amended) and is commonly known as a stock transfer form.
This form was revised in April 2012 to include the additional stamp duty
certificate on the reverse side. The first stamp duty certificate may be
completed where the value of the transaction is £1000 or less; the second
stamp duty certificate should be completed where the transaction is
otherwise exempt from stamp duty (or the consideration given is not
This stock transfer form is known as ‘J30’ as it relates to the transfer of
fully paid shares. If you are transferring unpaid or partly paid shares,
you should use form ‘J10’.
The Stock Transfer Form has a set of notes attached to help the user to
complete the form. This document shows the number and type of shares, the
price and the name of the transferee (or buyer). The form must be signed by
the transferor (seller) and the stamp duty payable (if applicable) on the
transfer of shares must be paid.
Are there are any restrictions on the transfer of shares?
1. If the company is governed by Table A, the Articles of Association will
allow the Board to refuse to register a share transfer unless that transfer
of shares is (i) accompanied by the share certificate, (ii) it covers not
more than one class of shares and (iii) is not in favour of more than four
2. If the company is governed by the Model Articles or similar, the
directors may refuse to register a share transfer at their discretion. If
they do so, the instrument of transfer must be returned to the transferee
with a notice of refusal.
A share transfer does not need to be notified to Companies House, but a
company’s first confirmation statement must contain a list of shareholders
and subsequent confirmation statements must report any changes to these
The Register of Members should be updated following a share transfer.
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