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Thursday 27 March, 2003

Whatman PLC

Holding(s) in Company

Whatman PLC
27 March 2003

                                  SCHEDULE 10
                   NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES

1. Name of company

Whatman plc


2. Name of shareholder having a major interest

1. J O Hambro Capital Management Limited ("JOHCM")
2. North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC ("NASCIT")
3. Oryx International Growth Fund Limited ("ORYX")

Pursuant to Concert Party agreement


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

Beneficial


4. Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the number of
shares held by each of them

Nutraco Nominees Limited  1,020,000
Bank of New York Nominees Limited  6,597,000
HSBC Global Custody London Limited  1,100,000
Goldman Sachs International TNA  2,600,000
Goldman Sachs International THO  1,400,000
Goldman Sachs International THT  325,000
Goldman Sachs International TEU  4,195,797


5. Number of shares / amount of stock acquired

1,369,677


6. Percentage of issued class

1.10%


7. Number of shares / amount of stock disposed

-


8. Percentage of issued class

-


9. Class of security

Ordinary Shares of 1p each


10. Date of transaction

Not known


11. Date company informed

26th March 2003


12. Total holding following this notification

17,237,797


13. Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

13.7%


14. Any additional information




15. Name of contact and telephone number for queries

John Simmonds  01622 624272


16. Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for making
this notification

John Simmonds


Date of notification

27th March 2003



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