The practice was formed by James Johnson and Brendan Murphy in July 1987 in order to provide a vehicle to provide both residential and commercial advice to a broad spectrum of clients. The practice commenced trading at 114 Brompton Road. On redevelopment of these offices Lewis Doyle, which takes its name from the founding partner's mother's maiden names, moved to 140 Brompton Road during the late 1980s.

Weathering the worst of the economic downturn of the early 1990s, the practice stayed at 140 Brompton Road successfully trading until 2000 when, following Brendan's retirement, a further move along the Brompton Road saw it trading at 156 for a period of around 18 months. James and former colleague from Jones Lang Wootton Chris Jones moved to 26 Ives Street with Fiona Barnes in early 2001.

About Us


James A Johnson BSc FRICS

Qualifying as a chartered surveyor during his time at Jones Lang Wootton's city office in King Street during October 1980, James has practised in Central London since that time.

Starting his career in 1975 on the training programme of the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue, he spent two years working with the District Valuer before making a natural progression into private practice after completing his degree in Urban Estate Management.

After four happy years at Jones Lang in Mayfair, working principally on the disposal of assets on behalf of the New Towns disposal programme, he moved to Weatherall Green and Smith in Chancery Lane. Notably he sold The Round Oak Steelworks in Dudley to Richardson developments who went on to develop Merry Hill Shopping Centre. After a brief spell at Fuller Peiser in Mayfair during 1986, he realised his long-term ambition and founded Lewis Doyle Chartered Surveyors which commenced trading in Knightsbridge in the summer of 1987.

A supporter of the Cirencester Society in London, an ancient order established before 1701, he and his partner Helen live in a converted barn in the Cotswolds. An enthusiastic supporter of field sports in particular shooting, travel, music, the arts, fine wine and food; he is delighted to have kept his hair.


Malcolm Elliott MRICS

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Malcolm who first worked with Donald Cameron property developers based in Leatherhead and Cirencester, initially specialised in technical surveying including the setting out of buildings in the evaluation of levels, a very specific skill which he retains to this day.

Working with a number of private firms in the West Country and employed in-house by the Bank of Ireland in Bristol, the next 20 years saw him develop his skills in both residential and commercial valuation.

A family man with two daughters who also retains a home in the Cotswolds, Malcolm has undertaken property valuation and general surveying across the South of England. Joining Lewis Doyle in 2012 on the very sad demise of Chris Jones, he can be relied upon to bring a down-to-earth approach to seemingly complex problems.



The scientist of the organisation, Peter who has been a consultant to the practice since its founding in 1987, is senior partner of Bryan Packman Marcel in Westminster.

A Structural Engineer by profession, Peter is also qualified in a number of other disciplines; he is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. An encyclopaedic knowledge of all matters pertaining to construction cost engineering, together with an extensive background in project management, his experience in scientific knowledge bring true depth to the partnership.

A keen traveller and sailor, no one knows the inland waters of Turkey better than Peter, his knowledge of the Turf is also extensive, never happier than on a racecourse with a winner.


Fiona Barnes

Fiona joined Lewis Doyle in 2000 having previously lived and worked in France for some years, a gifted communicator with a natural aptitude for bookkeeping, she was originally trained by Marisa Rutherford who retired in 2002. Since then Fiona has brought her considerable financial skills to bear in running an efficient and fully computerised operation.

Originally from the South Coast, Fiona maintains a flat on the water's edge near Fareham whilst spending four days a week living and working in central London. She is dedicated to always getting it right in whatever field she works, a true professional.


Rebecca Coombes

All the general administration of the practice falls under the remit of Rebecca, a local girl with family roots in Croydon. Rebecca has great qualities in terms of staying calm under demanding circumstances, a second pair of hands for Fiona she has proved invaluable in retaining fiscal management on a day-to-day basis.

A keen traveller despite her early years, she has lived in Egypt's for some years having spent some formative years in South Korea where she attended the American school for 12 months.


Tom Walker

IT consultant to the practice for the past 15 years, Tom has a nack of understanding the most complex and demanding of problems which he then dismisses as nothing more than a small problem to be solved in next to no time.

A family man also with roots in the Cotswolds, he is now based in Cardiff Bay with his wife and two children. He has been partially responsible for the construction of this website which was designed by Valentina Zola.