A Havant-based family lawyer is celebrating after picking up a top industry award.
Ruth Langford, 45, won the Family Law Paralegal of the Year for her excellent work at Wikivorce, which gives free advice and support to anyone going through a divorce.
More than 450 family lawyers attended the Family Law Awards in London and Ruth won her award thanks to the votes of her peers.
She said: ‘It was a great event. Just to be shortlisted is an amazing achievement in itself.
‘When they called my name, it was like it was happening to someone else.
‘It’s such an amazing achievement, not just for me, but also for Wikiforce.
‘I would like to thank the staff and customers of the Welcome Store in Snowberry Crescent, Denville for their support.
‘Everybody has been behind me and shown great interest in the award.’
Ruth started working at the company in 2007 and is now the Community Manager.
She heads up a team of volunteers, writes content for the website, and provides advice and support to members of the public who call the Wikivorce helpline.
‘It’s such a pleasure to be able to help people and see them come through the other side,’ she said.
‘No one else is doing it on the same scale that we’re doing it.
‘Anyone affected by a breakdown of a long-term relationship can use the service, it’s not just specifically for those getting divorced.’
Ruth was one of four nominees in her category and the award is given to an individual recognised by the family law community as having demonstrated excellence in their role.
Ruth is a qualified paralegal specialising in family law in both England/Wales and Scotland, with a particular interest in the law as it applies to children. She is co-author of The Family Law A to Z, a reference book for litigants and students.
Wikivorce is a volunteer-run social enterprise with a mission to help people who are going through a break-up. For more information go to wikivorce.com.