FORM 6-K SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549 Report of Foreign Private Issuer Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of the Securities Exchange Act of -------------------------- 1934 ---- October 19, 2004 Commission File Number 001-14978 SMITH & NEPHEW plc (Registrant's name) 15 Adam Street London, England WC2N 6LA (Address of registrant's principal executive offices) [Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.] Form 20-F X Form 40-F ----- ----- [Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1).] Yes No X ----- ----- [Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7).] Yes No X ----- ----- [Indicate by check mark whether by furnishing the information contained in this Form, the registrant is also thereby furnishing information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2 (b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.] Yes No X ----- ----- If "Yes" is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the registrant in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82- n/a. Total Pages: 5 SIGNATURES 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 (Registrant) Date: October 19, 2004 By: /s/ Paul Chambers ----------------- Paul Chambers Company Secretary 2 SCHEDULE 10 NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES 1. Name of company SMITH & NEPHEW PLC 2. Name of shareholder having a major interest FMR Corp and Fidelity International Limited 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 Bank of New York Brussels 205,200 Bank of New York Europe 134,663 Bank of New York London 424,567 Bank of New York Brussels 87,500 Brown Brothers Harriman Ltd 29,600 Chase Manhattan Bank London 447,700 Deutsche Bank 146,836 HSBC Client Holdings Nominee (UK) Limited 486,279 JP Morgan 970,230 Master Trust Bank of Japan 47,300 Mellon Bank 147,400 Mellon Nominees Limited 47,500 Morgan Stanley 430,075 Northern Trust 372,280 Northern Trust London 100,300 Nortrust Nominees Limited 821,237 Northern Trust London 133,600 RBS Trust Bank 372,518 State Street Bank & Trust 106,200 State Street Bank & Trust Co 58,942 State Street Nominees Ltd 338,800 JP Morgan 163,372 Chase Nominees Limited 22,393,405 HSBC 991,540 HSBC Client Holdings Nominee (UK) Limited 22,933,724 HSBC Client Holdings Nominee Limited 6,546,603 State Street Nominees Limited 4,182,360 Brown Brothers Harriman 9,300 Lloyds Bank Nominees Limited 555,800 Mellon Bank 8,460 SAI 65,000 State Street Bank & Trust 7,400 State Street Nominees Ltd 9,500 Bank of New York Europe 190,500 Bankers Trust 428,118 Citibank 243,254 MSS Nominees Ltd 132,127 5. Number of shares / amount of stock acquired 6. Percentage of issued class 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 15.10.2004 12. Total holding following this notification 65,484,640 13. Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification 6.99% 14. Any additional information 15. Name of contact and telephone number for queries Kate Cummins Company Secretarial Assistant 0207 960 2251 16. Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for making this notification P. R. Chambers Date of notification 15.10.2004 The FSA does not give any express or implied warranty as to the accuracy of this document or material and does not accept any liability for error or omission. The FSA is not liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of or inability to use this document, or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this document or any such material.