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Thursday 24 January, 2008

Interserve PLC

Holding(s) in Company


TR-1 (i) NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES

1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which
voting rights are attached (ii):

Interserve Plc

2. Reason for the notification                                        State    
                                                                     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 the notification obligation     Newton    
(iii):                                                             Investment  
                                                                   Management  
                                                                     Limited   
                                                                               
4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.) (iv):                    
                                                                               
5. Date of the transaction (and date on which the threshold is      07/06/07   
crossed                                                                        
or reached if different) (v):                                                  
                                                                               
6. Date on which issuer notified:                                   23/01/08   
                                                                               
7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached:                   Increase from
                                                                    6.90% to   
                                                                      7.18%    
                                                                               
8. Notified details:                                               Purchase of 
                                                                     349,735   
                                                                     shares    

A: Voting rights attached to shares

 Class/type of  Situation previous   Resulting situation after the triggering  
    shares              to                       transaction (vii)             
  if possible     the Triggering                                               
using the ISIN   transaction (vi)                                              
     CODE                                                                      
                                                                               
                 Number    Number    Number  Number of voting    % of voting   
                   of        of        of       rights (ix)         rights     
                 Shares    Voting    shares                                    
                           Rights                                              
                           (viii)                                              
                                                                               
                                     Direct  Direct  Indirect  Direct  Indirect
                                               (x)     (xi)                    
                                                                               
Ordinary Shares 8,548,938   6.90%     N/A      N/A   8,898,673   N/A    7.18%  
                                                                               
     ISIN                                                                      
                                                                               
 GB0001528156                                                                  
                                                                               

B: Financial Instruments

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction (xii)

   Type of     Expiration       Exercise/        Number of voting       % of   
  financial    date (xiii)      Conversion      rights that may be     voting  
 instrument                 Period/ Date (xiv)    acquired if the      rights  
                                                    instrument                 
                                                   is exercised/               
                                                     converted                 
                                                                               

Total (A+B)                                                                    
                                                                               
Number of voting rights                 % of voting rights                     
                                                                               
8,898,673                               7.18%                                  

9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the
financial instruments are
effectively held, if applicable (xv):

Newton Investment Management Limited hold these shares as a discretionary      
Investment Manager.                                                            

Proxy Voting:


10. Name of the proxy holder:                                 N/A              
                                                                               
11. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to hold:  N/A              
                                                                               
12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold voting      N/A              
rights:                                                                        

13. Additional information:                                                    
                                                                               
14. Contact name:                                             Trevor Bradbury  
                                                                               
15. Contact telephone number:                                 +44 (0)118 932   
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