I have clients who asked their previous designer to register three domains to them - example.co.uk, example.org.uk and example.com. Being entirely non-technically-minded, they assumed he'd done this, but he actually registered them in his own name. This only came to light earlier this year, when he moved away from the area and they asked me to take over the site. He's not responded to any e-mails, either from them or from me, so we've had to start again with a new domain (theexample.org.uk).
The old site used the .com domain, and has recently expired. Am I correct in thinking that if nobody "back-orders" it in the next 60 days, it will become available to register again? It would be really useful to have it, either to redirect to the new domain, or to switch the site back to .com. I had a brief look at back-ordering it myself, but it's something I've never been involved with, and it seems to be a very expensive way to go about getting the domain. The chances of anybody else wanting it are so remote as to be negligible (it's for a small local charity) so I'm not worried about losing it, but the clients are on a very tight budget and can't afford unnecessary expense.