Jocelyn Ormond > Ashfords LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

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Jocelyn is a Partner in the Corporate Team.

He advises private equity, venture capital and other funds and public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, equity fundraisings and other strategic corporate and commercial transactions. He has extensive experience of advising on cross-border deals and transactions governed by the Takeover Code.

Jocelyn has wide sector experience, but particular knowledge and insight in relation to the health & social care and life sciences sectors, and a strong focus on digital health and fintech as well as wider technology opportunities.

Jocelyn is recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2020 guide to the legal profession for his expertise in relation to healthcare and venture capital transactions. The guide quotes clients who describe Jocelyn as “commercial and detail-orientated”; “outstanding” with an “ability to cut straight to the solution rather than dwelling on a problem”; and “very well connected at senior levels in public and private companies and in government departments”.


  • Digital health: Advising the shareholders of a company developing artificial intelligence software on its sale to an AIM-quoted company by way of a share-for-share exchange.
  • Healthcare: Advising a leading UK hospital group on acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic commercial transactions.
  • Social care: Advising a UK private equity firm on bolt-on acquisitions of specialist care homes.
  • Life sciences: Advising a European consumer healthcare company on the acquisition of two brands from a leading UK pharmaceutical group.
  • Private equity: Advising an international private equity fund on the acquisition of two Eastern European energy companies in a Euro 141m transaction and a French private equity firm on the acquisition of a UK food business with a £27m turnover.
  • Venture capital: Advising a biotech company on early stage funding rounds and venture capital firms on Series A and B investments in fintech companies.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Ashfords LLP stands out for its work advising fast-growing technology companies on investment rounds, transactions and commercial agreements. The practice has particular specialisms in the fintech and digital health sectors; it is also increasingly active in the energy space. Elsewhere, the team is instructed by prominent public and private sector clients to handle technology outsourcing agreements. Chris Dyson leads the team and is recognised for his expertise in technology transactions, with Jocelyn Ormond also adept at handling deals involving private equity and venture capital funds. Suzie Miles is the key name to note in IT outsourcing.

South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Ashfords LLP‘s Bristol office is known for advising venture capital funds and startups on investments, with a particular focus on the healthcare and technology sectors; where it is also active in M&A and commercial transactions, as well as associated areas such as fintech and healthtech. Chris Dyson leads the practice’s VC work and specialises in technology transactions, while Jocelyn Ormond handles deals involving healthcare and financial services. Rory Suggett is another name to note on corporate deals, while Suzie Miles is the key name on commercial transactions, with a practice which includes advising on outsourcing and distribution agreements.

South West > Public sector > Health

Led by Jocelyn Ormond and Ben Tarrant out of Bristol, the healthcare, digital health and life sciences practice at Ashfords LLP serves NHS as well as independent sector clients. ‘Able to provide broad support across all areas of need’, the team’s focus extends to social care provision and early-stage digital health matters alongside more traditional issues in the health sector. Vanessa James, an ‘outstanding partner’ with ‘excellent business acumen’, fields extensive experience in assisting clients with employment law and HR matters.

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

Led from Bristol by Chris Dyson and the ‘calm and strategic’ Rory Suggett, Ashfords LLP has a strong reputation among funds, as well as a growing roster of tech sector investees, particularly as it relates to early-stage financings. The team was also recently enhanced by the arrival of several lawyers with in-house fund-side expertise, including London-based Kim Hawkins who joined in February 2021 from now defunct impact EIS fund Earthworm VC. Praised for its market knowledge, gleaned from many years’ experience advising on transactions in the sector, the firm knows ‘where market standard is at any one time’, and is thereby well-positioned to provide the most appropriate advice dependent on where the company seeking investment is within its growth journey. Head of the firm’s corporate department and business services division, Andrew Betteridge also has significant venture capital expertise, as does Jocelyn Ormond, who has a particular niche advising companies and investors in the digital health/life sciences sector.