Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
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November 24, 2016  
Commission File Number 001-14978
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15 Adam Street
London, England WC2N 6LA
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24 November 2016
Smith & Nephew plc (the "Company")
Transaction in Own Shares
The Company today purchased 500,000 of its Ordinary Shares of US 20¢ each through J.P. Morgan Securities, in accordance with the authority granted by shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting on 14 April 2016. These shares have been purchased as part of the $300 million buy-back programme, the purpose for which is to reduce the Company's share capital, as announced on 8 August 2016. Details of the relevant purchase transactions are set out below:
Description of Shares:
Smith & Nephew Ordinary Shares of US 20¢ each
Number of Shares repurchased:
Average price paid per Share:
Highest price paid per Share:
Lowest price paid per Share:
Date of transaction:
24 November 2016
J.P. Morgan Securities plc
The Company intends to hold these shares in Treasury.
Following the purchase of these shares, the Company holds 32,154,536 of its shares in Treasury. The Company's issued share capital, with one voting right per share consists of 881,464,637 Ordinary Shares of US20¢ each (excluding treasury shares). This is the figure which should be used by shareholders as the denominator when determining whether they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
These purchases were made by J.P. Morgan Securities plc on behalf of the Company and a full breakdown of the individual trades is attached to this announcement. 
This announcement is made in accordance with the requirements of LR 12.4.6.
Tony Llewellyn
Deputy Company Secretary
Smith & Nephew plc
Tel: 01923 477320
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Smith & Nephew Plc
Date: November 24, 2016 
By: /s/ Susan Swabey
                                                                                                                              Susan Swabey
                                                                                                                      Company Secretary