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A strong online presence is essential for most modern businesses. It is the shop window, reception desk, and front of house all rolled into one, and the domain name is your business calling card.

We understand that clear, communicable domain names are an essential tool for advertising your business and communicating with your customer base. Unfortunately, other less well-meaning individuals and organisations understand this too. We have acted for many of our clients in actions to recover domain names that have been registered abusively by third parties hoping to disrupt our clients' clear communication with their customers, whether to divert traffic or simply extract a cash payment.

No one likes to become involved in disputes of this sort. However, our extensive experience acting in a numerous actions under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and under the specific dispute resolution procedures of national domain registries means that we can take away a lot of the uncertainty from such actions, for example by undertaking proceedings on a fixed fee basis and by helping you to build up a clear enforcement strategy that keeps costs down by avoiding duplication of work. Where matters become more complicated, we are ready to bring our wider expertise in IP and contractual litigation into play.

Your domain name needs to speak to customers clearly and unambiguously. We can help you ensure that no third party is in a position to compromise that priority.


 Notable deals / highlights

  • Acted for Turkish online travel agent MetGlobal in cross-border trade mark and passing off litigation relating to the ownership and use of a domain name in a situation where businesses using similar trade marks in different jurisdictions clashed in cyberspace.

  • Designed and implemented the worldwide domain name registration and enforcement strategy for a global professional services business, including advising on the newly available top-level domain system and the Trade mark Clearinghouse.

  • Acted for EURiD, the .eu domain registry, in numerous disputes relating to the sunrise period for the new TLD.