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About Us

Murray Birrell was founded in 1992 by Keith Murray and Stuart Birrell.

While maintaining traditional professional values, we embrace progress and constantly review and update the services we provide and the way we deliver them. You can be assured of our best attention to your property requirements. 

Murray Birrell are a professional business with expert technical knowledge that is built on friendship and respect. This ethos runs throughout the company and has helped secure repeat business and form many long-term client relationships.



It all started back in 1976, when Keith Murray met Stuart Birrell at Erith College of Technology while studying for their RICS direct exams.

Born just two weeks apart, their careers then followed an incredibly parallel path. Stuart and Keith passed Part 1, 2 and Final exams on the same day in consecutive years and then in 1981 they both passed the Test of Professional Competence, (as it was called then, now the APC) on the same day and then became Chartered on the same day in this year too.

Stuart began working at John Pelling & Partners and Keith then joined shortly after qualifying. They were both employed at Surveyor level at that time.

Subsequent to that, they both became; Senior Surveyors on the same day, then Associates on the same day and then Partners on the same day. They both then left Pellings on the same day, in November 1992, and started their own company, Murray Birrell, and have been in business together ever since.

Keith and Stuart also both became Fellows of the RICS in 1995, which will mean achieving an incredible 25 years in 2020 – a fantastic achievement.


We have a very strong management team - Stuart Birrell, David Betteridge, Sam Field and Amanda Taber.  

David Betteridge joined Murray Birrell in 2011 and he was promoted to the board as Director in 2015. Qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1989, David has over 35-years’ experience in the property industry. David leads on Landlord and Tenant Matters, including Licence to Alter and Tenant Fit-Out Monitoring services. He attained Associate status with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers in 2014.

Sam Field joined the company in 2013 and has worked in private practice since 1996. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and is now Director and Head of Construction. Sam is also qualified as an Incorporated Member of the Association for Project Safety and leads on all matters relating to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. He also specialises in Contract Administration, Associated Legal and Party Wall Matters, and Principal Designer duties.

Amanda Taber has over 25 years of experience in the property industry. Over the past 20 years this has mainly been dealing with Licences to Alter matters in Central London, both for large Landlords (including major Landed Estates) and also for applicants. Her philosophy is to ensure that the best interests of the building, the tenant and the landlord are fully considered and taken into account.