SOURCE: Smith & Nephew PLC

August 02, 2005 07:40 ET

Smith & Nephew plc announces Notification of Major Interests in Shares

London, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 2, 2005 --

                   NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES

1. Name of company

Smith & Nephew plc

2. Name of shareholder having a major interest

Barclays plc

3. Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of holding of the shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder if it is a holding of that person's spouse or children under the age of 18

Non-beneficial interest

4. Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the number of shares held by each of them

Barclays Capital Nominees Limited                  1,786,178
Barclays Trust Co & Others                         7,705
Barclays Trust Co E99                              36
Barclays Trust Co R69                              11,920
Chase Nominees Limited                             516,711
Gerrard Nominees Limited                           106,805
Greig Middleton Nominees Limited                   725,595
Greig Middleton Nominees Limited                   83,050
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       1,822,057
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       26,702
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       13,652
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       183,430
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       179,950
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       170,324
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       50,148
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       252,423
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       1,088,628
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       212,486
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       9,915
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       283,518
Investors Bank and Trust Co.                       4,769,060
JP Morgan (BGI Custody)                            289,097
JP Morgan (BGI Custody)                            55,799
JP Morgan (BGI Custody)                            517,519
JP Morgan (BGI Custody)                            113,241
JP Morgan (BGI Custody)                            10,019,295
JP Morgan (BGI Custody)                            15,268
JP Morgan (BGI Custody)                            38,843
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               60,469
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               9,587
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               788
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               161,182
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               182,061
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               125,539
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               495,553
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               99,632
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               8,045
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               9,258
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               26,806
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               131,787
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               38,362
JP Morgan Chase Bank                               28,881
Mellon Trust - Boston & SF                         130,277
Mitsubishi Trust International                     6,073
R C Greig Nominees Limited                         3,604,046
R C Greig Nominees Limited                         1,436,699
R C Greig Nominees Limited                         280,892
R C Greig Nominees Limited                         186,261
R C Greig Nominees Limited GP1                     425,605
R C Greig Nominees Limited SA1                     334,125
Reflex Nominees Limited                            1,500
State Street                                       16,123
State Street Boston                                80,662
State Street Boston                                610,405
Zeban Nominees Limited                             84,248

5. Number of shares / amount of stock acquired

31,924,221

6. Percentage of issued class

3.40%

7. Number of shares / amount of stock disposed

8. Percentage of issued class

9. Class of security

Ordinary Shares of 12 2/9p

10. Date of transaction

11. Date company informed

02.08.2005

12. Total holding following this notification

31,924,221

13. Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

3.40%

14. Any additional information

15. Name of contact and telephone number for queries

Kate Cummins - Company Secretarial Assistant

020 7960 2251

16. Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for making this notification

Kate Cummins - Company Secretarial Assistant

Date of notification

02.08.2005

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