Registrants who own an existing co.uk, org.uk, me.uk, net.uk, plc.uk or ltd.uk before Oct. 29, 2013 will have their .uk domain name reserved for free up until June 10, 2019, as long as the existing domain name remains registered.
For those who have the same name but different domain name endings -- like www.example.co.uk and www.example.org.uk -- can use the Rights lookup tool at www.dotuklaunch.co.uk website to find out who has the rights to the www.example.uk domain name.
When a third-level (.co.uk, .org.uk, etc.) domain is registered with another company and the corresponding second-level (.uk) domain is registered with us, it will be flagged for First Rights due to it's corresponding domain's registration elsewhere.
The Registry (Nominent) will contact the third-level domain registrant via email to confirm whether or not they want the domain name. If they do not want it, they'll need to follow the instructions provided in the email to authorize the purchase. They will have 7 days to authorize the purchase, otherwise the registration won't go through and the domain name will not resolve.
First Priority: Those who registered a co.uk domain before 10/29/13
Second Priority: Those who registered a org.uk domain before 10/29/13
Third Priority: Those who registered a me.uk domain before 10/29/13
Fourth Priority: Those who registered a co.uk domain between 10/29/13 and 6/9/14
For more detailed information on .uk domains, see About .uk Domains.