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Thursday 20 March, 2008

SThree plc

Notice of Interests in Shares

SThree plc
20 March 2008

Financial Services Authority

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

1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing                    Sthree plc
shares to which voting rights are attached(ii):
2. Reason for the notification     (please tick the appropriate box or boxes)
An acquisition or disposal of voting rights                                                         x
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                   HBOS plc
(iii):
4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.)(iv):                      See Section 9.
5. Date of the transaction (and date on which the threshold is                   18 March 2008
crossed or reached if different)(v):
6. Date on which issuer notified:                                                19 March 2008
7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached:                      Direct holdings increase to above 3%
                                                                     (Direct/Indirect holdings increase to
                                                                                   above 5%)
8. Notified details:


A: Voting rights attached to shares
Class/type of     Situation previous to the Resulting situation after the triggering transaction(vii)
shares            Triggering transaction
                  (vi)
if possible using Number of   Number of     Number of    Number of voting rights   % of voting rights
the ISIN CODE     Shares      Voting Rights shares       ix
                              viii          Direct       Direct  x    Indirect xi  Direct     Indirect


Ord GBP 0.01      N/A         N/A           4,239,965    4,239,965    2,743,349    3.163%     2.046%
Shares

ISIN

GB00B0KM9T71


B: Financial Instruments
Resulting situation after the triggering transaction xii
Type of financial     Expiration date Exercise/ Conversion      Number of voting rights    % of voting
instrument            xiii            Period/ Date xiv          that may be acquired if    rights
                                                                the instrument is
                                                                exercised/ converted.


N/A


Total (A+B)
Number of voting rights                             % of voting rights


6,983,314                                           5.209%


9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively
held, if applicable xv:
Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited* ('IIMGL') - (Indirect) - 5,919,672 (4.415%)

IIMGL manages holdings on behalf of other HBOS Group companies, and other third parties external to the HBOS Group,
under various discretionary management agreements.

(* - wholly owned subsidiaries of HBOS plc.)


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 rights:                     N/A


13. Additional information:                        Notification using the total voting rights figure of

                                                                       134,066,163


14. Contact name:                                 Kenny Melville
15. Contact telephone number:                     0131 243 8671



Notes

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i.   This form is to be sent to the issuer or underlying issuer and to be filed
with the competent authority.


ii.   Either the full name of the legal entity or another method for identifying
the issuer or underlying issuer, provided it is reliable and accurate.


iii.   This should be the full name of (a) the shareholder; (b) the person
acquiring, disposing of or exercising voting rights in the cases provided for in
DTR5.2.1 (b) to (h);  (c) all the parties to the agreement referred to in
DTR5.2.1 (a), or (d) the direct or indirect holder of financial instruments
entitled to acquire shares already issued to which voting rights are attached,
as appropriate.

In relation to the transactions referred to in points DTR5.2.1 (b) to (h), the
following list is provided as indication of the persons who should be mentioned:

-   in the circumstances foreseen in  DTR5.2.1 (b), the person that acquires the
voting rights and is entitled to exercise them under the agreement and the
natural person or legal entity who is transferring temporarily for consideration
the voting rights;

-   in the circumstances foreseen in DTR 5.2.1 (c), the person holding the
collateral, provided the person or entity controls the voting rights and
declares its intention of exercising them, and person lodging the collateral
under these conditions;

-   in the circumstances foreseen in DTR5.2.1(d), the person who has a life
interest in shares if that person is entitled to exercise the voting rights
attached to the shares and the person who is disposing of the voting rights when
the life interest is created;

-   in the circumstances foreseen in DTR5.2.1 (e), the parent undertaking and,
provided it has a notification duty at an individual level under DTR 5.1, under
DTR5.2.1 (a) to (d) or under a combination of any of those situations, the
controlled undertaking;

-   in the circumstances foreseen in DTR5.2.1 (f), the deposit taker of the
shares, if he can exercise the voting rights attached to the shares deposited
with him at his discretion, and the depositor of the shares allowing the deposit
taker to exercise the voting rights at his discretion;

-   in the circumstances foreseen in DTR5.2.1 (g), the person  that controls the
voting rights;

-   in the circumstances foreseen in DTR5.2.1 (h), the proxy holder, if he can
exercise the voting rights at his discretion, and the shareholder who has given
his proxy to the proxy holder allowing the latter to exercise the voting rights
at his discretion.


iv.   Applicable in the cases provided for in DTR 5.2.1 (b) to (h). This should
be the full name of the shareholder or holder of financial instruments who is
the counterparty to the natural person or legal entity referred to in DTR5.2.


v.   The date of the transaction should normally be, in the case of an on
exchange transaction, the date on which the matching of orders occurs; in the
case of an off exchange transaction, date of the entering into an agreement.

The date on which threshold is crossed should normally be the date on which the
acquisition, disposal or possibility to exercise voting rights takes effect (see
DTR 5.1.1R (3)). For passive crossings, the date when the corporate event took
effect.

These dates will usually be the same unless the transaction is subject to a
condition beyond the control of the parties.


vi.   Please refer to the situation disclosed in the previous notification, In
case the situation previous to the triggering transaction was below 3%, please
state 'below 3%'.

vii.   If the holding has fallen below the minimum threshold , the notifying
party should not be obliged to disclose the extent of the holding, only that the
new holding is less than 3%.


For the case provided for in DTR5.2.1(a), there should be no disclosure of
individual holdings per party to the agreement unless a party individually
crosses or reaches an Article 9 threshold. This applies upon entering into,
introducing changes to or terminating an agreement.

viii.   Direct and indirect

ix.   In case of combined holdings of shares with voting rights attached 'direct
holding' and voting rights 'indirect holdings', please split the voting rights
number and percentage into the direct and indirect columns-if there is no
combined holdings, please leave the relevant box blank.

x.   Voting rights attached to shares in respect of which the notifying party is
a direct shareholder  (DTR 5.1)

xi.   Voting rights held by the notifying party as an indirect shareholder (DTR
5.2.1)

xii.   If the holding has fallen below the minimum threshold, the notifying
party should not be obliged to disclose the extent of the holding, only that the
new holding is below 3%.

xiii   date of maturity / expiration of the finical instrument i.e. the date
when the right to acquire shares ends.

xiv   If the financial instrument has such a period-please specify the period-
for example once every three months starting from the (date)

xv   The notification should include the name(s) of the controlled undertakings
through which the voting rights are held. The notification should also include
the amount of voting rights and the percentage held by each controlled
undertaking, insofar as individually the controlled undertaking holds 3% or
more, and insofar as the notification by the parent undertaking is intended to
cover the notification obligations of the controlled undertaking.

xvi   This annex is only to be filed with the competent authority.

xvii   Whenever another person makes the notification on behalf of the
shareholder or the natural person/legal entity  referred to in DTR5.2 and
DTR5.3.










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