This a new Wednesday feature; we get asked loads of “How Do I..” type  questions so I though I would answer the most common ones here.
A client phoned today and asked if it was a good idea for his web guy to ‘own’ his domain name. The answer is a resounding no!
Your domain name is fast becoming one of your key business assets and it should be in your or your company’s name. If your web guy suddenly dies, disappears or goes out of business, you can virtually kiss goodbye to your domain name or face an uphill struggle to recover it. Get it in your name. Today. As your are not the registrant for the domain, you have to ask the person whose name it is in to initiate the transfer.
This is how they would do it –
To change the Legal Registrant of a .uk domain name, this must be done through Nominet (the Internet registry for the .uk domain name extension).
This can be done  via the owner’s online Nominet account – please go to Please note that there will be a charge of £10.00 + VAT.
Log into the Nominet account and select the Registrant Transfer tab, located under Your Domains tab. The owner will then be able to select the domain name(s)  to transfer. The owner will be asked to confirm the new registrant’s email address and who will be paying the transfer fee.

When the details have been completed confirmation will be sent to the new registrant. The new registrant will then have 5 days in which to agree to the transfer. If after this time the transfer has not been agreed, Nominet will issue a refund and  the process will have to start again again if  the registrant transfer is still required.

If the new registrant accepts the transfer, you will receive an email confirmation when they have completed the process.
Please also refer to the information given on Nominet UK’s website: