Did you think your domain name was safe with Nominet?
I discovered that one of a clients domain names had been released back onto the market. The renewal fee had been paid and had best part of a year to run. (This was a name being used as an alias - the primary domain name was OK the variant had lapsed and so not spotted immediately).
I had to re-purchase the name, luckily nobody else had grabbed it while on the open market. The reason: There was a small imperfection in registrant details. The registrant name was like "John Smith trading as JS Widgets" rather than the "trading as" being in a separate field. As far as I can establish Nominet had sent an email stating:
"If we have still been unable to verify your registration details by... [they give approx 3 weeks notice] your domain names will be suspended. Once a domain name is suspended, any services that use it such as your website or email will stop working. Your domain names will then remain in a suspended state for 7 days, after which your domain names will be cancelled. Once cancelled the domain names will be available for re-registration by anyone."
Despite the fact that the registration had correct postal address and phone and could also be found at the website, the only attempt at contact was by email, however the client's email address was out of date.
Compare this with what happens if you don't renew registration when it falls due. You get a total of 90 days to rectify the position, a renewal reminder, a suspension warning, a suspension notice and a final reminder. For the last 60 of those 90 days the website and email addresses will not be functioning. I don't know if any of those communications are by other than email but at least the suspension period increases the chances of the issue being spotted. Why should a minor technical irregularity be treated so much more harshly? Maybe it's covered somewhere in Nominet's small print but that's an excuse not a justification.
Relying solely on email as the sole means of communication for such an important issue is, to put it politely, short sighted and makes one ask why they bother with asking for registrant's postal address and phone number if they don't use them.
I've subsequently spent a pleasant few days (unpaid) checking a few hundred other client's registration details to ensure the email addresses are still current.