Management Team

Bishop Group

Paul Lever, Chairman

Paul’s career spans more than 30 years of executive experience.  He joined Reed International in 1985 as Managing Director of Crown Paints.  Following the sale of Crown to Williams Holdings, he was responsible for operations with sales of more than £400 million.  More recently he has concentrated on a mixture of private and public positions, including an appointment by the British Home Secretary as Chairman of the Authority that managed the UK National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad.

Jeffrey Katz, Chief Executive

Jeff is a New Yorker who served in the UK with an intelligence branch of the US Air Force.  He came back to the UK in 1979 to become deputy editor of a provincial newspaper.  In 1987 he joined Kroll Associates in London and in 1995 became the company’s Director of European Operations.  In 1999 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Bishop Group, overseeing the acquisition of what is now Bishop IP Investigations.  He has been responsible for inquiries related to high profile litigation, fraud investigations into listed corporations and homicide investigations, including the death in London of Italian banker Roberto Calvi.

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Jody Freshwater, Chief Operating Officer

After working in analytical roles for commercial organisations, Jody trained as an Intelligence Officer at the National Criminal Intelligence Service.  He joined the Serious Organised Crime Agency at its inception in 2006 where he was responsible for intelligence for an operational team and was involved in international investigations into organised crime.  He joined Bishop International in 2008 and has conducted multi-jurisdictional inquiries on behalf of international banks, major law firms and global corporations.

Paul Lund, Director of Corporate Investigations

Paul is a solicitor who in 1988 became the registered Director of Compliance for a member firm of the London Stock Exchange.  In 1990 he joined the Crown Prosecution Service and in 1998 he was appointed a case controller for the Serious Fraud Office.  He left the SFO in 2000 to join Bishop International where he has conducted due diligence inquiries and has supervised the investigation of major frauds on behalf of European and American banks and corporations.

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Graham Robinson, Managing Director

Graham qualified as a solicitor in 1997 specialising in intellectual property litigation at the London law firm Nabarro Nathanson.  He subsequently practiced as an intellectual property litigator at Olswang.  He stopped practicing law to work for investigation companies, joining Bishop IP Investigations in 1999 and became a director of the company in June 2001.  He was appointed Managing Director in 2003.

Steve White, Associate Director

Steve has a degree in chemistry and eight years’ laboratory experience.  After working with SATRA, the British research and technology centre, he moved to Beecham Pharmaceuticals in 1988 and managed the company’s Site Information Service for six years.  He joined Bishop IP Investigations in 1999 as an investigator and has supervised hundreds of investigations on behalf of law firms, trademark and patent agents and brand-owning companies.

Rachel Barker, Associate Director

Rachel started her career working in the law library of Allen & Overy before moving to Haymarket Publishing where she became Deputy Library Manager.  She left Haymarket in 2001 to become Research Manager for the Economist Intelligence Unit.  She joined Bishop IP Investigations as a Senior Investigator in 2012 and has supervised investigations across the world on behalf of UK and international clients.  In 2014 she was promoted to Associate Director.

Vincent de Vos, Associate Director

After earning a B.A. in History, Vincent worked on historical documentaries, but soon found himself in the more exotic world of superyachts, identifying and researching the requirements of potential clients and developing relationships with some of the sector’s most famous brands.  He joined Bishop IP Investigations in 2012 and became an Associate Director in 2015.  He is fluent in German and works extensively with German law firms on IP issues.