I would really appreciate some advice please - before I go into battle!
A friend of mine has had an offline business for quite some years - it is a business for small architectural antiques like pine doors, victorian fireplaces, reclaimed flooring etc.
Several years ago he paid - quite handsomely - for a small (and useless) website using his company name as the domain name ( www.bridalearchitecturalantiques.co.uk has been registered. ).
He stopped paying them after a year or two when he realised that he was not getting any work from the site.
This web design company have still got his domain name and are using it for advertisements - it will definitely get traffic because now even his name of 'bridale' is a keyword I noticed last year.
My question is: by law, are they able to keep and use this domain name?? - his company was running under that name long before the domain name was created
I would be really grateful for any advice on this. He is a simple country fellow and was easy bait for the sharks...
Thank you for your time