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
For the month of November, 2003
SkyePharma PLC, 105 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NJ England
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40F.
Form 20-F X Form 40-F
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the 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- _______
For Immediate Release 17 November 2003
SkyePharma PLC ("the Company")
Notification of Major Interest in Shares
In accordance with Part VI of the Companies Act 1985 (as amended) the Company was informed today that on 14 November 2003 Standard Life Investments, on behalf of the Standard Life Group, purchased 2,000,000 SkyePharma plc Ordinary Shares, thus increasing their holding to 26,230,736 Ordinary Shares, representing 4.25% of the issued share capital of the Company. These Ordinary Shares are registered in the name of Stanlife Nominees Limited.
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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.
By: /s/ Douglas Parkhill
Name: Douglas Parkhill
Title: Company Secretary
Date: November 17, 2003