FRIENDS PROVIDENT PLC: Holding(s) in Company

 TR-1: Notifications of Major Interests in Shares                                                                                                         1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying     Friends Provident plc         issuer of existing shares to which voting                                     rights are attached:                                                                                                                                     2. Reason for notification (yes/no)                                                                                                                      An acquisition or disposal of voting rights                         Yes                                                                                  An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments which may                 result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting            rights are attached                                                                                                                                      An event changing the breakdown of voting rights                                                                                                         Other (please specify):______________                                                                                                                    3. Full name of person(s) subject to   Legal & General Group Plc (L&G)        notification obligation:                                                                                                                                 4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if     Legal & General Assurance (Pensions    different from 3):                     Management) Limited (PMC)                                                                                         5. Date of transaction (and date on    08 August 2007                         which the threshold is crossed or                                             reached if different):                                                                                                                                   6. Date on which issuer notified:      10 August 2007                                                                                                    7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or From 3% to 4% (L&G)                    reached:                                                                                                                                                 8: Notified Details                                                                                                                                      A: Voting rights attached to shares                                                                                                                      Class/    Situation previous  Resulting situation after the triggering        type of   to the triggering   transaction                                     shares    transaction                                                                                                                                    If                                                                            possible                                                                      use ISIN                                                                      code                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Number of   Number of    Number  Number of voting  Percentage of         shares      voting       of      rights            voting rights                     rights       shares                                                                                                                                            Direct  Direct   Indirect Direct  Indirect                                                                             Ord    85,248,227 85,248,227 87,294,527 87,294,527       4.06            10p                                                                                                                                            B: Financial Instruments                                                                                                                       Resulting situation after the triggering transaction                                                                                           Type of     Expiration   Exercise/       No. of voting    Percentage of  financial   date         conversion      rights that may  voting rights  instrument               period/date     be acquired (if                                                             the instrument                                                           exercised/                                                               converted)                                                                                                Total (A+B)                                                                                                                                                   Number of voting rights                 Percentage of voting rights                                                                                          87,294,527                              4.06                                                                                                                 9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and /or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable:                                                                                                   Legal & General Group Plc (Direct and Indirect) (Group)                                                                                                      Legal & General Investment Management (Holdings) Limited                                                                                                     (LGIMH) (Direct and Indirect)                                                                                                                                Legal & General Investment Limited (Indirect) (LGIM)                                                                                                         Legal & General Group Plc (Direct) (L&G) (87,294,527- 4.06% = LGAS, LGPL & PMC)                                                                              Legal & General Investment Management   Legal & General Insurance Holdings      (Holdings) Limited (Direct) (LGIMHD)    Limited (Direct) (LGIH)                 (73,057,432 - 3.39% = PMC)                                                                                           Legal & General Assurance Society       Legal & General Assurance (Pensions     Limited (LGAS & LGPL)                   Management) Limited (PMC) (73,057,432 -                                         3.39% = PMC)                            Legal & General Pensions Limited                                             (Direct) (LGPL)                                                                                                      Proxy Voting:                                                                                                                                                10. Name of proxy holder:                                 N/A                                                                                                11. Number of voting rights proxy                         N/A                   holder will cease to hold:                                                                                                                                   12. Date on which proxy holder will                       N/A                   cease to hold voting rights:                                                                                                                                 13. Additional information:             Notification using the total voting                                          rights figure of 2,149,926, 065                                                                                      14 Contact name:                        Gordon Ellis                                                                                                         15. Contact telephone name:             01306 653087                             END 
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