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                            
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