Nominet dispute resolution service (DRS)
Produced in partnership with Ed Boal of Stephenson Law and Emily Taylor of Oxford Information Labs
Nominet dispute resolution service (DRS)

The following TMT practice note produced in partnership with Ed Boal of Stephenson Law and Emily Taylor of Oxford Information Labs provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Nominet dispute resolution service (DRS)
  • Application and purpose of the Nominet DRS
  • Changes to .uk WHOIS and related services to comply with the GDPR legislation
  • What the complainant has to prove (abusive registration)
  • Evidence of abusive registration
  • Three strikes and you’re out
  • Defences
  • The Nominet DRS process
  • Written submissions
  • Informal mediation and without prejudice
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for TMT?

This Practice Note provides an overview of the Nominet dispute resolution service (DRS), covering:

  1. Application and purpose of the Nominet DRS

  2. Changes to .uk WHOIS and related services to comply with the GDPR legislation

  3. What the complainant has to prove (abusive registration)

  4. Evidence of abusive registration

  5. Three strikes and you’re out

  6. Defences

  7. The Nominet DRS process

Application and purpose of the Nominet DRS

The Nominet DRS applies to all .uk domain names and is incorporated by reference into the Terms & Conditions of Domain Name Registration for each .uk domain name.

However, some .uk domains have eligibility criteria, or are not managed by Nominet. The Rules of Registration set out the rules for the registrations and use of domain names, including eligibility criteria and those domains that have been delegated to and are administered by other entities as trustees. In these cases, disputes under

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