About Ian Mc Laren

Ian McLaren BA LLB (WITS) General Educated St Johns College, Houghton. BA LLB University of the Witwatersrand 1984 Founded McLarens September 1986. Right of Appearance High Court, October 1996. Expertise Litigation, Labour Law, Commercial Law, Family Law, Pension and Provident Funds, Customs and Excise, Wills, Deceased Estates, Trusts, Commercial Agreements, Reviewing and Drafting Government Legislation, Information Technology. Committees/ Trusts Law Society of South Africa Information Technology Committee. Trustee Verney College Educational Trust Other Transvaal Provincial colours for Practical Shooting. Third degree Black Belt JKS Karate. Photographer and motor cyclist Lectured for Continuing Legal Education on Information Technology issues.


Three elements seem to be essential for a cohabitative relationship. ie A Sexual relationship A factual cohabitation A measure of stability to the relationship The  courts have however recognised the concept of a universal partnership which may  be of application … Continue reading


When a child is adopted , he/she becomes the legitimate child of the personss who have adopted him/her , as though he/she had been born of them during the existence of a lawful marriage . The child takes their surname … Continue reading

Divorce Orders and Pension Funds

The Divorce Amendment Act No. 70 of 1979, provides that a court may award a portion of a member spouse’s pension interest to the non-member spouse when dividing the joint estate of the parties. A member’s pension interest is deemed … Continue reading

The Divorce Amendment Act of 1989

The Divorce Amendment Act allows some relief to spouses who might otherwise receive nothing from a marriage. Prior to August 1989, parties to a divorce could not take pension benefits into account when dividing the joint estate. And, in many … Continue reading