Chris holds the degrees B Com, B Proc, LLB, LLM, MBA as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Taxation, an honours degree. He also holds a number of other qualifications. He has also studied various aspects of intellectual property law. He was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in April 2007.
He was involved in the financial services sector for a number of years and since 1997 as the founder and Managing Director of the Goodall and Bourne group of companies. Chris and his partner, disposed of their interest in the Goodall and Bourne Assurance operations in 2005. He retained his interest in the executors and insolvency businesses, the last two now trading under the name Tontine Executors and Administrators and Tontine Advisory.