MacRoberts advises Macsween on domain name dispute

MacRoberts has advised Scotland’s largest haggis maker, Macsween, in its dispute with a company it accused of trying to cash in on its name. 

Macsween was advised by MacRoberts after the macsweenshaggis.co.uk domain name was registered by Hillhead Hampers, an online mail order food business based in Bannockburn, to sell Macsween products. In a written decision, an independent expert appointed by  Nominet  – the registry which oversees .uk domain names – as part of its dispute resolution service ruled that the domain name registration  was an “abusive registration” and should be handed over to Macsween.

Partner David Gourlay advised Macsween, which has been building its brand throughout Scotland and overseas for over 60 years. Macsween’s Managing Director, James Macsween, said he first became aware of Hillhead Hampers five years ago when his company was forced to pay £400 to buy another domain name they had registered, macsweenhaggis.co.uk.

James Macsween said: “We were delighted to have MacRoberts by our side throughout this process, fighting our corner and protecting the brand and reputation that our company has been building for 66 years. We have a longstanding relationship with the firm and, once again, they provided us with clear and concise advice and were always available to answer our questions.”

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