"Lawyer Bi, thank you for helping us address our company's difficulties," reads a message received by Bi Xianxing, a lawyer in the city of Nanyang, Central China's Henan province, last March.
The message was from the city's only one-off medical infusion set maker which was shut down before Spring Festival due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
How to strike a balance between production and epidemic prevention was a prominent issue facing the company when it prepared to begin producing anti-epidemic materials after the holiday.
Luckily, the company got a satisfactory solution when it turned to Bi whose legal advice helped it achieve orderly production resumption.
The company's case epitomizes Henan's persistent effort to create a first-rate business environment with high-quality legal services.
Since 2019, the provincial judicial department has launched campaigns in which lawyers conducted free legal-risk examinations for private enterprises across the province.
Local judicial administrative organs also organized lawyers to give lectures on China's first Civil Code to enterprises after the code came into force last May.
In the city of Zhumadian, referring to law has become a golden rule in standardizing administrative actions. Every time it got involved in a legal dispute, the municipal government would ask its judicial administrative department to step in and help handle the matter all the way through. It would also invite legal experts to advise on major decision-makings and challenging issues.
As a result, the city was named last year as one of the country's first demonstration cities for building a law-based government.
To further improve its business environment, the province continued to take steps in 2020, including launching a special campaign to rectify irregularities in law enforcement and judicial activities, correcting wrongdoings of judicial authentication institutions and lawyers, and strengthening supervision over law enforcement.