Chris graduated from the University of Otago in 2001 with degrees in law and arts (history and political studies) then departed for overseas on his rugby OE. He worked in an Irish law firm before returning home to work in a Dunedin property law practice. He gained further experience in firms in Wellington and Dunedin, developing his skill set and knowledge in the many facets of property law. In 2012 he formed his own property law practice (Burke Law) and merged his law practice with Race & Douglas in 2015 under the name Race Douglas Burke.
Chris has concentrated his legal career in property law because he enjoys the variety of work involved and he has particular expertise advising on real estate and commercial transactions, agri-business and farm transactions, business structures, family trusts, relationship property, wills and estate planning.
The transfer of family wealth from one generation to the next can be a challenge for New Zealand families, so a significant focus of Chris’s practice recently has been in succession planning for farming and business clients, as well as trust and estate planning for private clients. Chris really values his role and responsibility as a trusted professional adviser in helping clients achieve their property, business and estate planning goals.