Kirkland’s London office is to see seven partners leave for other firms, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer adding a finance partner to a six-partner team heading to Sidley Austin.

High yield partner Andrew Hagan is set to join Freshfields, where he will be reunited with Ward McKimm, co-head of European leveraged finance at the magic circle firm, who joined from Kirkland in June 2015. Hagan joined Kirkland in 2013 from Sidley as an associate, making partner in 2014. It is understood that Freshfields brought in McKimm, who joined Kirkland in 2011 from Shearman & Sterling, above its London lockstep.