Tolley’s domain name book

The publication, written by Simon Halberstam, solicitor and Jonathan D.C. Turner, barrister, guides individuals on how they can ensure their domain names are registered and protected in such a rapidly developing area.


There are over 36 million domain names registered worldwide, and within 2 years of the establishment of the dot com domain name dispute policy, approximately 6000 domain name disputes were decided. The publication is aimed at company directors, communications directors, IT managers, company secretaries, finance directors, in-house lawyers, business and legal advisers and individuals involved in a company’s intellectual property management.

The Domain Law Book

“Tolley’s Domain Names: A Practical Guide” is an easy to use handbook which will guide users through the potential minefield of registering, maintaining, protecting and selling domain names. It acts as a time-saving and practical compendium for companies and their advisers who are looking for a clear understanding of the legal and commercial considerations, best practice and procedural issues relating to domain names.

Companies are familiar with registering and valuing brand names. These days, the registration of domain names is equally important, especially in cases where brand name and domain name work together. Tolley’s Domain Names: A Practical Guide will give users the know-how to understand this area.

This invaluable handbook covers legal, commercial, procedural and valuation issues.

Simon Halberstam explains, “This a litigious and complicated area of law but it is also one of the fastest-evolving. We have tried to create a pragmatic guide for both lawyers and businesspeople to what we consider to be the major topics in this field. We have not limited ourselves to the legal issues and have addressed technical and commercial matters such as valuation and the factors that determine how to select and register an appropriate domain name. At the launch debate, the discussion will focus on whether the proliferation of new domain names such as .biz and .info provide an added opportunity for companies to protect and promote their brands or just a further way for the domain name industry to exploit brand owners.”

Jonathan D.C. Turner adds, “The explosive growth of the internet and the liberal allocation of domain names have led to a multitude of disputes that transcend national boundaries. Faced with the limitations of national legal systems, Internet authorities have developed a new system of law and dispute resolution procedures appropriate to disputes over cyberspace. Understanding this new regime is essential for anyone dealing with domain names.”

Please click here to email Simon Halberstam, Head of Technology Law, or call 020 3206 2781.