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HMRC internal manual

VAT Finance Manual

Securities and related services: member firms trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) - principals or agents?

Share transactions conducted by member firms on the LSE will be exempt under item 6 of Group 5, Schedule 9 of the VAT Act 1994 if the member is acting as a principal or under item 5 if the member is acting as an agent, (provided the intermediary criteria are met - see paragraph 9.1 of VAT Notice 701/49 Finance and VATFIN7000). The contract note appertaining to the share transaction must state which it is.