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 > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Ashfords LLP has developed a strong practice in MBOs, financial services transactions, corporate restructurings and corporate governance issues. The group is led by Andrew Betteridge, who has vast experience in transactional work. Chris Dyson is the name to note for venture capital, and is often instructed by major investment funds. In November 2019, Jocelyn Ormond arrived from Simmons & Simmons, bringing with him significant expertise in healthcare and life sciences transactions.

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

Ashfords LLP fields a multi-disciplinary team for technology matters, that includes commercial, IP and corporate lawyers who specialise in the technology sector. The group is particularly well-versed in advising emerging technology businesses, investment funds in the fintech and service-as-software (Saas) sectors. The arrival of Jocelyn Ormond from Simmons & Simmons in November 2019 kick-started the firm’s digital health practice. Chris Dyson is department head, focusing on technology investment and acquisition work. Andy Braithwaite is an industry stalwart, handling supplier-side and customer-side deals. Suzie Miles is the practitioner to note for IT transformation, outsourcing and software licensing.

South West > Public sector > Health

Ashfords LLP has a ‘first-class healthcare offering‘, acting for NHS and independent sector clients. The ‘knowledgeable’ practice focuses on healthcare services providers, advising social and affordable housing landlords and local authorities on social care provision, as well as acting for early-stage digital health companies. The team is co-led by Jocelyn Ormond, who joined from Simmons & Simmons in 2019 and brings an ‘in-depth knowledge of healthcare from all angles’, and legal director Ben Tarrant, who joined from Thrings LLP in 2019 and provides ‘first-class service’.

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

Recognised in the market as a ‘very safe pair of hands‘, the Bristol-based team at Ashfords LLP includes numerous ‘sensible people who really know what they are doing‘, based on many years’ experience advising investors on technology financings. Chris Dyson and Andrew Betteridge co-head the team and have both developed strong funds relationships, ensuring a significant deal flow including early and later-stage financings and subsequent exit strategies. The arrival in late 2019 of Jocelyn Ormond from Simmons & Simmons enhanced the firm’s credentials in relation to digital health-related venture capital, while London-based Giles Hawkins  continues to grow the investee practice, particularly in the fintech and agrifood technology sub-sectors.