It has never been more important to effectively manage people. As we emerge from lockdown firms will be prioritising retaining key partners and planning the shape of the firm for a future which now looks different. Strategic hires should be on a firm’s agenda, along with the defence against raids by other firms. Decisions made about partners now will be key to the success or failure, and culture, of the firm going forward. Being ahead of the game means taking decisive action to successfully navigate the challenges. We look at how the legal market is responding to the Covid crisis in their management of partners, strategies for entering the new era and tips for making effective decisions.