Hello everybody, I've been browsing the site for some time now and have to say that it's a treasure trove of valuable information. Unfortunately, I've came across an issue with my own business and not sure how to proceed with it. I've sought the advice of a free business adviser but they can't get back to me until next week. I'm self employed as a sole trader and just over 3 years ago I set up an eCommerce website so I could sell online. A few days ago I received an email from a director of a business about 30 mile away to let me know that some of their customers thought my business and their business were somehow linked. In the 3 years I've been running the website I've never heard of any concerns from any customer or anybody else for that matter that there was any connection between my business and theirs. The business name on my website is 'my name t/a business name' and their name is ' their company name ltd' it even states on my terms and conditions that I'm a sole trader based at 'my home address.' I would rather not mention the names on the forum. The registered address on their website is the industrial unit they operate out of and the address on my website is my home address. My website also bears no resemblance to their website. Other than the first word in my trading name I don't even believe the names are similar. I communicated with the director of the other business by email and told him I wasn't aware of this situation until now and that I need to seek advice. The director replied this morning that it was one of their largest customers who thought my website was linked to his business and that he needs to consult his legal team. When I was made aware of this situation I did some research online and couldn't find any link between my business and theirs. I checked for any trademarks and couldn't find anything. However, I searched Companies House to check if the director maybe had another company with the same name as my trading name, there was no company registered with my trading name but the directors company did have my trading name registered but changed it to their current company name more than 20 year ago. I've worked hard to build up my small customer base and also worked hard to get the suppliers I have, especially as most were very reluctant to work with a sole trader who doesn't have trade premises. I don't have a big income from my business, I barely break even but it's my intention to continue building my customer base. I discussed this situation with a friend who did admit they don't have much knowledge on this subject but their advice was that as the other company has considerable bigger pockets than mine I should be wary that their legal team don't take me to court or issue a cease and desist letter. I don't know what they could take me to court for but do know I couldn't afford it if they did as my finances are very tight at the moment. My friend advised that I should seek the advice of a lawyer, unfortunately I'm not in a position to afford a lawyer at the moment. Considering I rely on the business to pay my rent, bills and feed me and also considering the amount of work I've put into building up my customer base I would be very reluctant to just close my business. A name change could be possible but at the moment not affordable as i would need to change the domain on my website as well as change the name on all the marketing materials I use. What would you do if you were in this situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated and please accept my apologies for the long winded post.