While I welcome the addition of this line in bold to the expiry clause 5.3.6: See draft registrar agreement redline: http://www.nominet.org.uk/sites/default/files/RevisedRegistrarAgreement-November2013redline.PDF Which puts another herdle in the way of the top 20 automatically auctioning off expired domains.... These statements by Nominet under "Treatment of expired domain names under the Registrar Agreement" on Page 20 of the explanatory notes I do not agree with: http://www.nominet.org.uk/sites/default/files/ExplanatoryNotesandSummaryofFeedback.pdf True however which registrars have the most expired domains at anyone time? Errr the Top 10? Who will make the most money out of this clause? While it is true a registrant can transfer "domains names to whoever they wish" - the rest of this sentence is misleading. At the moment a registrar can not unilaterally transfer a UK domain name i.e. change the admin email address and click I agree on registrant transfer. Never mind paying the £10 + VAT transfer fee on behalf of the registrant - therefore to use this analogy is nonsense! See: http://expiry.org.uk/current-process/ It will also be an attractive proposition to Sedo MLS and Afternic DLS (now owned by Godaddy) to sign up all the top UK registrars for expired domains. This is a true statement however again the Top 20 registrars account for most of the registry database and most of them will be accredited. While it is true the issue group did recommend the five points Nominet give in the explanatory notes. It is also true that statements like the following exist in the Issue Group documents: See: http://expiry.org.uk/issue-group/ These may have not been final recommendations from the group however concerns over registrars auctioning expired domains did exist and were documented.