Other UK financial firms can offer share dealing services to clients, but those firms must rely on the brokers listed below to actually execute transactions on the market. Avoid unnecessary intermediaries by becoming a client of an LSE member broker directly.
Alongside this list of stockbrokers, we’ve added additional information such as the trading names, website addresses and other interesting facts along the way.
The full list of UK stockbrokers for retail investors
Stockbrokers are ranked in alphabetical order. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by Financial Expert. List was extracted on 2 May 2021. The full list of member brokers at the London Stock Exchange may have changed since.
A J Bell Securities Limited
Trading name: AJ Bell
Official website: AJ Bell website
Services: Stocks & Shares ISA, Trading Account.
AJ Bell reports almost 350,000 customers and £65.2 billion in assets under management. As one of the largest stockbrokers by assets under management and number of clients, AJ Bell is a leading UK stockbroker.
AJ Bell plc is a publicly traded company, listed on the London Stock Exchange with ticker symbol AJB.
Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Limited
Trading name: Arbuthnot Latham
Official website: Arbuthnot Latham & Co website
Services: Private banking & wealth management
Since 1833, Arbuthnot has provided financial services to discerning clients. It won the CityAM Bank of the Year Award in 2019.
Arnold Stansby & Co Limited
Trading name: Arnold Stansby & Co
Official website: Arnold Stansby & Co website
Services: Full service stockbroker, SIPPs, tax-efficient portfolios
Arnold Stansby & Co provides different options depending on the level of control a client wishes to have over their investments. They provide a discretionary service, where your investment portfolio is completely looked after by one of their expert team. They also provide a fully execution-only brokerage service where the client calls all the shots. There’s also a managed advisory service which sits somewhere in between.
Barratt & Cooke
Trading name: Barratt & Cooke
Official website: Barratt & Cooke website
Services: Discretionary (managed) portfolio services for private clients
Based in Norfolk and serving predominantly South-East clients, Barratt & Cooke bring a local touch to stockbroking. Their clients lean on their expertise as no execution-only service is offered – all plans come with a minimum level of advice and guidance.
Blankstone Sington Limited
Trading name: Blankstone Sington
Official website: Blankstone sington website
Services: Bespoke portfolios and stockbroking services with advice
Blankstone are also known for their ‘inheritance tax’ portfolio service, an estate planning tool that can help clients avoid hefty inheritance tax bills through tax-efficient (and often high-risk) investment vehicles.
Brewin Dolphin Limited
Trading name: Brewin Dolphin
Official website: Brewin Dolphin website
Services: Wealth management and direct investment services
With over 30 network offices based around the UK, you’re probably never too far from your nearest Brewin Dolphin contact. Brewin Dolphin Holdings plc is the ultimate parent, and the group is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Capital International Limited
Trading name: Capital International Group
Official website: Capital International website
Services: A platform for financial advisers and wealth managers to manage their client assets. Founded in 1996 by father and son team Peter Long & Anthony Long, it remains a family business to this day, albeit on a much larger scale.
Cardale Asset Management Limited
Trading name: Cardale Asset Management
Official website: Cardale Asset Management website
Services: Independent stockbroker based in Harrogate. Cardale makes the rare commitment to never outsource its back-office function, meaning that when you entrust the company to execute a transaction on your behalf, you know it’s being processed entirely in-house.
Cave & Sons Limited
Trading name: Cave & Sons
Official website: Cave & Sons website
Services: Financial planning & stockbroking services
Cave & Sons are as much an independent financial advice business as they are a stockbroker. This multi-disciplinary team is based in Northampton focuses on offering a personal service to clients.
Charles Stanley & Company Limited
Trading name: Charles Stanley Direct
Official website: Charles Stanley Direct website
Services: Execution-only stockbroking & fund management
Charles Stanley was one of the early-era ‘discount brokers’ which brought investing into the low-cost era. Charles Stanley also offers several multi-asset funds which allow investors to build an investment portfolio with few transactions.
Credo Capital Limited
Trading name: Credo Capital
Official website: Credo Capital website
Services: Wealth management, fund management and intermediary services
Credo engages directly with wealth management clients, as well as offering intermediary services to other financial advisers. Credo also offer several funds include the Global Equity Fund, Dynamic Fund and Growth Fund.
Dowgate Capital Limited
Trading name: Dowgate Capital
Official website: Dowgate Capital website
Services: Corporate broking, advisory & wealth management
Dowgate serves private and corporate clients. Corporate broking is where a broker helps businesses access capital through the financial markets, such as through the listing of their shares on a stock exchange. Dowgate helps to foster an entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging staff to take an equity stake in the parent company 3B Capital.
EFG Private Bank Limited
Trading name: EFG Private Bank
Official website: EFG Private Bank website
Services: Banking and treasury, Credit, Investments, Fiduciary services & Client Custody Regulations
EFG Private Bank offers ebanking and investment services to retail investors, alongside a fully-fledged private banking suite of services. If you have not heard of EFG before, they are an international Swiss banking group that has 40 locations and is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.
Equiniti Financial Services Limited
Trading name: Equiniti
Official website: Equiniti website
Services: Provision of transaction and custodial support to other financial services businesses.
Equiniti report that they hold 70 million shareholder records, send £90 billion in payments in each year, look after 1.1 million share plan investors and interact with 27 million shareholders and pensioners.
Farley & Thompson LLP
Trading name: Farley & Thompson
Official website: Farley & Thompson website
Services: Dealing & Advisory, Nominee, Discretionary Management, Stocks & Shares ISAs and more
Here’s an insight into what you would receive each period as a discretionary service client:
- A valuation of the portfolio
- A summary of performance
- A comparison of the return measured against the appropriate WMA index
- A market and stock commentary
- Transaction, cash and corporate action statements
- Tax year end schedules
Trading name: Fineco UK
Official website: FinecoBank website
Services: Retail banking, Stocks & Shares ISAs, UK investing app
Fineco is an Italian bank that has recently expanded operations in the UK. In Italy, Fineco reports having over 1.3 million clients.
It charges a low fixed commission of £2.95 for share dealing, which beats many UK stockbrokers on price.
First Equity Limited
Trading name: First Equity
Official website: First Equity website
Services: First Equity offers services to both institutional and private clients, as well as supporting public and private companies requiring corporate finance and advisory services.
Trading name: Fiske plc
Official website: Fiske website
Services: Discretionary: where the portfolio is managed by Fiske’s team of investment managers. Managed Advisory: where investment advisors provide clients with advice in relation to their portfolios. Execution Only: where clients wish to deal but do not receive investment advice.
Fiske was founded in 1973 by Clive Fiske Harrison. It features an online portal for clients to log in and view insights about their investments without having to wait for periodic statements.
Trading name: Freetrade
Official website: Freetrade website
Services: Sharedealing services and ISA account via an modern investing app.
Freetrade, as the name suggests, is disrupting the UK stockbroking market by offering share dealing services with zero commission charged on each trade. It reports having over 500,000 customers, making it one of the top 20 UK stockbrokers by number of customers.
GHC Capital Markets Limited
Trading name: GHC Capital Markets
Official website: GHC Capital Markets website
Services: Financial Planning for individuals & corporates
GHC group offers a comprehensive list of financial planning services, including IHT planning and trusts.
Halifax Share Dealing Limited
Trading name: Halifax Share Dealing
Official website: Halifax Share Dealing website
Services: Halifax is a bank offering current accounts, credit cards, mortgages alongside savings & investment products. It was originally founded in 1853, Halifax was one of the many building and friendly societies which decided to ‘de-mutualise’ and evolve into a bank owned by shareholders, which it did in 1997.
Their share dealing offer includes execution-only trading in shares, funds and bonds.
Hargreaves Lansdown Asset Management Limited
Trading name: Hargreaves Lansdown
Official website: Hargreaves Lansdown website
Services: Retail stockbroker & fund supermarket
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UKs largest stockbroker, measured by both assets under management and number of clients. It’s also a constituent of the FTSE 100 index of companies.
Hedley & Company Stockbrokers Limited
Trading name: Hedley & Co
Official website: Hedley & Co website
Services: Stockbroking services for individuals, charities, trusts & estates, and pension schemes & corporates.
Founded in 1992, Hedley & Co are a leading Independent Stockbroker and Wealth Manager in the North West of England.
Hubwise Securities Limited
Trading name: Hubwise
Official website: Hubwise Securities website
Services: Investment platform, execution solutions & custody services.
Hubwise Securities is a regulated technology business that operates the Hubwise investment platform, a multi-wrapper, multi-currency transaction processing engine.
Trading name: iDealing UK
Official website: iDealing website
Services: Equity, derivative and CFD brokerage
iDealing provides direct access to the listed securities of several major exchanges as well as the OTC markets (RSP Gateway). iDealing also provides a range of unlisted securities, including CFDs, and spread betting. It offers these as an in-house service. This differentiates iDealing from the hundreds of ‘CFD providers’ which act as little more than a funnel to other intermediaries who genuinely provide the CFD functionality.
Interactive Brokers (UK) Limited
Trading name: Interactive Brokers
Official website: Interactive Brokers website
Services: Margin trading, share-dealing, ETF trading and others
With 2,000 employees and touting $9 billion in equity capital, there’s no question that Interactive Brokers have achieved scale in their 43 years of trading. An international group, Interactive Brokers provide simple and complex securities to retail investors.
Interactive Investor Services Limited
Trading name: interactive investor
Official website: Interactive Investor Services website
Services: Flat-fee share trading and fund supermarket
The second-largest stockbroker in the UK by assets under management, Interactive Investor is a Manchester-based group that has grown through a series of acquisitions over the last ten years, including the recent acquisition of EQi.
Investec Wealth & Investment (Channel Islands) Limited & Investec Wealth & Investment Limited
Trading name: Investec
Official website: Investec website
Services: Asset manager & private bank
Investec is a FTSE 250 listed business which recently span out its asset management operation as Ninety One plc. The remaining Investec brand covers the wealth management & private client business.
J.M. Finn & Co.Ltd
Trading name: JM Finn
Official website: JM Finn website
Services: Discretionary portfolio management, Advisory Services, Wealth planning, Tax efficient investing, Inheritance tax portfolio service
On its website, JM Finn claims that it has £9.3bn of funds under management and administration on behalf of over 18,500 client accounts of which many are for families who have had investments overseen by JM Finn for several generations.
James Brearley & Sons Limited
Trading name: James Brearley
Official website: James Brearley website
Services: Investment management, best Stocks & Shares ISAs, Nominee service
James Brearley has been providing investment management and share dealing services for over 100 years.
James Sharp & Co LLP
Trading name: James Sharp & Co
Official website: James Sharp & Co website
Services: Share dealing, SIPPs and ISAs, Nominee accounts
The history of James Sharp & Co began in Bury in 1885, and has been run as a tight-knit team ever since. From James Sharp ’til 2021, there have only been a total of 9 named partners at James Sharp & Co.
Jarvis Investment Management Limited
Trading name: Jarvis Investment Management, shareDeal active
Official website: Jarvis website
Jarvis offer stockbroking services to their own clients, plus the clients of other financial institutions. It provided services to clients of Yorkshire Building Society, but recently acquired that book of business from YBS which is effective from 1 May 2021.
Jarvis also trades under a direct investing model on shareDeal active.
Killik & Co LLP
Trading name: Killik & Co
Official website: Killik & Co website
Services: Savings & investments, savings & investing app
Killik & Co is an award-winning investment and wealth management company. In 2019 it was named Wealth Manager of the Year in the Investors Chronicle / Financial Times Investment & Wealth Management Awards.
Oberon Investments Limited
Trading name: Oberon Investments
Official website: Oberon website
Services: Investment management, Corporate advisory & broking
The Investment Management division incorporates two teams, Oberon Investments and Hanson Investment Management.
Hanson Investment Management is a company that grew out of a family office for the Janson family. Clients can leverage the same level of attention and service commitment as the founding family receives.
Pilling & Co Stockbrokers Ltd
Trading name: Pilling & Co
Official website: Pilling & Co website
Services: Stockbroking & portfolio management services
Pilling & Co have offered stockbroking services for over a century. The business was founded by Henry Pilling, who launched the firm in 1893.
The Pilling Ideal Portfolios (PIPs) were introduced in 2001 to offer clients a bespoke portfolio made up of unit trust, OEICs and investment trusts at a lower rate than their fully managed services.
Quilter Cheviot Ltd
Trading name: Quilter Cheviot
Official website: Quilter Cheviot website
Services: Portfolio service, ethical & sustainable investments, offshore investments
The Quilter Cheviot Climate Assets Fund has recently celebrated its 10th birthday. It invests mainly in equities but also includes an allocation of alternative assets such as renewable energy infrastructure.
Ramsey Crookall & Co Limited
Trading name: Ramsey Crookall & Co
Official website: Ramsey Crookall & Co website
Services: Investment management, stockbroking
Ramsey Crookall offers, among other services, a portfolio model service called Shearwater. It’s a Discretionary Fund Management (DFM) service designed by Ramsey Crookall’s investment committee to meet a broader range of investment objectives and risk tolerances. Leave the portfolio design to Ramsey, while you drip feed as little or much as you like into the platform each month.
Ravenscroft (CI) Limited
Trading name: Ravenscroft
Official website: Ravenscroft website
Services: Discretionary or partially advised stockbroking for UK clients
The tagline of Ravenscroft is ‘Investments for Everyone’. With £7.75bn assets under management, they’ve not quite covered everyone but they seem to be working their way there!
Ravenscroft also offer two bespoke funds:
- IFSL Ravenscroft Balanced Fund is a fund-of-funds
- IFSL Ravenscroft Global Blue Chip is a focused portfolio of direct stocks
Raymond James Financial International Limited & Raymond James Investment Services Limited
Trading name: Raymond James
Official website: Raymond James website
Services: Wealth management solutions for wealth managers and their clients
With £13.6bn of assets under management, it’s easy to forget that Raymond James only came to the UK in 2001. Much of this extraordinary growth has come in the last decade. Part of the US firm Raymond James Financial, Inc
Rowan Dartington & Co Limited
Trading name: Rowan Dartington
Official website: Rowan Dartington website
Services: Discretionary managed services & advisory dealing
Providing advice services to private clients and those of other wealth management firms, such as St. James’s Place.
Russell Wood Limited
Trading name: Limited details available.
Official website: Limited details available.
Seven Investment Management LLP
Trading name: 7IM
Official website: Seven Investment Management website
Services: Investment services for the clients of financial advisers
From their offices in London, Edinburgh and Jersey, more than 400 7IM employees manage over £17 billion for a range of clients.
Smith & Williamson Investment Services Limited
Trading name: Smith & Williamson
Official website: Smith & Williamson website
Services: Private wealth, taxation, financial planning
Smith & Williamson are one of the UK’s ten largest accountancy firms. As such, they provide a suite of services from taxation, family wealth, succession planning.
Smith & Williamson have recently completed a merger with Tilney (See below) and the combined group is known as Tilney Smith & Williamson.
The Share Centre Limited
Trading name: The Share Centre
Official website: The Share Centre website
Please note that The Share Centre Ltd was acquired by Interactive Investor in 2020, and is no longer an independent company, although it continues to trade under its distinctive brand.
Thomas Grant & Company Ltd
Trading name: Thomas Grant & Company
Official website: Thomas Grant & Company website
Services: Share dealing & ISAs
Thomas Grant also offer derivatives to professional investors only.
Tilney Investment Management
Trading name: Bestinvest, Tilney Investment Management
Official website: Bestinvest website
Services: Retail investor brokerage platform including ISAs
Tilney merged with Smith & Williamson in 2020.
Walker Crips Investment Management Limited
Trading name: Walker Crips
Official website: Walker Crips website
Services: Investments, pensions, structured investments
Walker Crisp offers several structured products, which it makes available through intermediaries. Their current plans list HSBC as the counterparty.
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