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Stock Transfer Act (Northern Ireland) 1963

1963 CHAPTER 24

An Act to amend the law with respect to the transfer of securities.

[15th October 1963]

F11Simplified transfer of securities.N.I.

(1)Registered securities to which this section applies may be transferred by means of an instrument under hand in the form set out in Schedule 1 (in this Act referred to as a stock transfer), executed by the transferor only and specifying (in addition to the particulars of the consideration, of the description and number or amount of the securities, and of the person by whom the transfer is made) the full name and address of the transferee.

(2)The execution of a stock transfer need not be attested; and where such a transfer has been executed for the purpose of a stock exchange transaction, the particulars of the consideration and of the transferee may either be inserted in that transfer or, as the case may require, be supplied by means of separate instruments in the form set out in Schedule 2 (in this Act referred to as brokers transfers), identifying the stock transfer and specifying the securities to which each such instrument relates and the consideration paid for those securities.

(3)Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the validity of any instrument which would be effective to transfer securities apart from this section; and any instrument purporting to be made in any form which was common or usual before the commencement of this Act, or in any other form authorised or required for that purpose apart from this section, shall be sufficient, whether or not it is completed in accordance with the form, if it complies with the requirements as to execution and contents which apply to a stock transfer.

(4)This section applies to fully paid up registered securities of any description, being—

(a)securities issued by any company[F2 as defined in section 1(1) of the Companies Act 2006] except a company limited by guarantee or an unlimited company;

(b)securities issued by any body (other than a company [F3as so defined]) incorporated or deemed to be incorporated in Northern Ireland by or under any enactment or by Royal Charter except a building society registered under the Building Societies Acts (Northern Ireland) 1874 to 1940F4 or a society registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1893 [1893 c.39] F5;

(c)securities issued by the Government of Northern Ireland, F6...

(d)securities issued by any local authority;

[F7(e)units of an authorised unit trust scheme or a recognised scheme within the meaning of[F8 Part 17 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000].]

[F9(f)shares issued by an open-ended investment company within the meaning of the Open-ended Investment Companies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004.]

[F10(g)shares issued by a protected cell company within the meaning of Part 4 of the Risk Transformation Regulations 2017.]

2Supplementary provisions as to simplified transfer.N.I.

(1)Section 1 shall have effect in relation to the transfer of any securities to which that section applies notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any enactment or instrument relating to the transfer of those securities; but nothing in that section affects—

(a)any right to refuse to register a person as the holder of any securities on any ground other than the form in which those securities purport to be transferred to him; or

(b)any enactment or rule of law regulating the execution of documents by companies or other bodies corporate, or any articles of association or other instrument regulating the execution of documents by any particular company or body corporate.

(2)Subject to the provisions of this section, any enactment or instrument relating to the transfer of securities to which section 1 applies shall, with any necessary modifications, apply in relation to an instrument of transfer authorised by that section as it applies in relation to an instrument of transfer to which it applies apart from this sub-section; and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision,[F11 the references to an instrument of transfer in section 775 of the Companies Act 2006 (certification of instrument of transfer)] shall be construed as including a reference to a brokers transfer.

(3)In relation to the transfer of securities by means of a stock transfer and a brokers transfer—

(a)any reference in any enactment or instrument (including in particular[F12section 770(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2006 (registration of transfer)]F13. . . ) to the delivery or lodging of an instrument (or proper instrument) of transfer shall be construed as a reference to the delivery or lodging of the stock transfer and the brokers transfer;

(b)any such reference to the date on which an instrument of transfer is delivered or lodged shall be construed as a reference to the date by which the later of those transfers to be delivered or lodged has been delivered or lodged; and

(c)subject to paragraphs (a) and (b), the brokers transfer (and not the stock transfer) shall be deemed to be the conveyance or transfer for the purposes of the enactments relating to stamp duty.

3Additional provisions as to transfer forms.N.I.

(1)The Ministry of Finance may by order amend Schedules 1 and 2 either by altering the forms set out therein or by substituting different forms for those forms or by the addition of forms for use as alternatives to those forms; and references in this Act to the forms set out in those Schedules (including references in this section) shall be construed accordingly.

(2)Any order under sub-section (1) which substitutes a different form for a form set out in Schedule 1 may direct that sub-section (3) of section 1 shall apply, with any necessary modifications, in relation to the form for which that form is substituted as it applies to any form which was common or usual before the commencement of this Act.

F14[(2A)An order under sub-section (1) may—

(a)provide for forms on which some of the particulars mentioned in sub-section (1) of section 1 are not required to be specified;

(b)provide for that section to have effect, in relation to such forms as are mentioned in the preceding paragraph or other forms specified in the order, subject to such amendments as are so specified (which may include an amendment of the reference in sub-section (1) of that section to an instrument under hand).]

(3)Any order of the Ministry of Finance under this section shall be subject to affirmative resolution.


4Interpretation, etc.N.I.

In this Act—

5Short title.N.I.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Stock Transfer Act (Northern Ireland) 1963.

Subs.(2) rep. by SLR 1973