Escort turned Southampton Solent law student banned from driving for 18 months after smashing into motorcyclist

But her lecturer insists she’s a ‘model student’

A former escort who is now studying law at Southampton Solent University has been slapped with an 18-month driving ban after careering into a motorcyclist in her flashy convertible Audi.

Leanne Davies, appearing at Southampton Crown Court, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving following the incident in January 2016.

The court heard how the second year law student had argued with a motorcyclist before she was captured on a dash-mounted camera veering onto the wrong side of the road and colliding with his bike (pictured below). Sam Wolf — who was on the receiving end of Davies’ shunt — suffered a dislocated shoulder, multiple wrist fractures and ligament damage.

Image via Solent News

Phil Jones, a senior law lecturer at Southampton Solent, gave evidence in court in Davies’ case. The jurisprudence specialist described Davies as a “model student” who is “in the top five or 10 per cent of her class.”

But despite the glowing academic report, Davies also received a 12-month sentence, suspended for a year, and a £550 fine. Addressing the 30-year-old mother of two in court on Friday, Judge Gary Burrell QC quipped to Davies:

Ironically you are studying law, maybe you should implement what you learn.

But this isn’t the first time the aspiring lawyer has had a run in with the law.

According to the Mail Online, Davies has nine previous convictions and was already serving a suspended sentence for attempting to blackmail a doctor out of £10,000.

Last March, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal heard how Dr Rupert Pemsel paid to have sex with Davies while he was working a shift at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. According to Matthew Lawson, prosecuting in the road rage case: “the defendant had been working as an escort when a member of staff at the NHS used her services. Both she and her partner made calls demanding money along with threats to tell his wife.” Davies pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court for this offence and was handed a 24-month suspended sentence.

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43 Comments

Anonymous

Southampton Solent…ranked worst uni for Law in the UK in rankings 2 years ago. Hardly had much chance of a prosperous legal career anyway. Giving her previous career of making a lot of money, presumably she thought she’d go to Solent and bag a magic circle TC.

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Anonymous

I mean her convictions aside maybe she just wanted a change of career and law interested her. I think you’re being a little presumptious when you assume that she expected a Magic Circle TC. Nobody is that delusional

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Clifford Chance TC

Just so it’s out there I know a couple people from really low ranked unis who have TC’s at CC. One went to Canterbury Christ Church which is second worst under southampton solent.

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TopCat

She won’t even get on the LPC. The SRA got their knickers in a twist over a speeding ban, blackmail displays a dishonest nature. She’s wasting her time

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Anonymous

A friend of mine wasn’t allowed to do his LPC for another 3 years after completing his GDL due to a previous drink-drive conviction (he was just barely over the limit) – I somewhat doubt she’ll get anywhere with a record like that. She does seem like an awful person by all accounts.

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Anonymous

“in the top five or 10 per cent of her class.” – At Southampton Solent, having more than one brain cell and mastering the ability to breathe normally automatically puts you above 95% of the uni already

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Anonymous

It’s been a while since my LPC, can someone please remind me, if she was already serving a suspended sentence for blackmail, how come she wasn’t given a custodial sentence following the dangerous driving conviction for both the blackmail and the dangerous driving?

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Anonymous

In my view it is certainly in the interests of justice to imprison someone who is willing to blackmail doctors and use a vehicle as a weapon.

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Anonymous

Ranked worst university for Law 2 years ago, and ranked this year above Oxford, and the London School of Economics, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Winchester, Brighton, Surrey, Sussex, Southampton, Exeter, Plymouth and Reading in the NSS. 19/108 in England and Wales. As a Solent student I would actually be proud that lecturers like Phil Jones have my back and are not judgemental and that classes are made up from people from all walks of life, not just the private school educated.

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AnonEmouse

Err, the NSS is voted for by students and rates their (highly subjective) experience. It is not an independent and objective assessment of the academic quality of the institution itself.

To suggest otherwise would be like judging football teams not by their place in the league table, but by which club has the best pies (according to fan polls).

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Anonymous

4. Course satisfaction is the percentage of final-year students satisfied with overall quality, based on the National Student Survey (NSS)
5. The teaching quality score is the percentage of final-year students satisfied with the teaching they received, based on the NSS
6. The feedback score is the percentage of final-years satisfied with feedback and assessment by lecturers, based on the NSS

From https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/may/23/how-to-use-the-guardian-university-guide-2017

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AnonEMouse

Both the QS and THE rankings use more objective methodologies which take into account the views of academics and the quality of research. Whilst not perfect, they are a heck of a lot more robust than the NSS.

QS’s rankings are reputation-driven, with 50 per cent of an institution’s score derived from surveys of 48,000 academics, which are then weighted to reduce regional biases.

THE’s methodology includes a wide variety of data points, including the number of citations in journals and other academic publications. It’s rankings and methodology are subject to independent audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Anonymous

You stick to your league tables and we at the discount end of the market can stick to ours. It’s interesting though that you mentioned factors like citations in journals, research reputation and so on. I am sure that the average undergraduate values such things over good teaching, being able to spend time with staff, staff who care about them and go the extra mile rather than their next publication that they must churn out to satisfy REF and so on. All important and robust indicators of good teaching quality for sure.

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Anonymous

I think that the suspended sentence for Blackmail must have lapsed.

In the circumstances, if I had been prosecuting, I would have reminded the lecturer in support of the crime of perjury, and then applied for an adjournment so that it could be proved she was in the top 5 – 10 % of the year.

If she was a second year, then you would be able to place here in the year group very precisely, wouldn’t you ? Her aggregate exam results put her 8th out of 150, for example.

In this way you could eliminate the ridiculous notion that the lecturer had been bribed.

The Judge or the Prosecutor seem to have been poor in this case, the evidence of the argument would suggest that this was high level road rage and, this , particularly combined with a previous conviction for blackmail, she should have been put behind bars.

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Anonymous

Did they teach you about Defamation or the Norwich Pharmacal order on your Law Degree ? Hopefully using free Wifi rather than at home or on a university network when you posted this.

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Anonymous

Nobody else see the other law connection? Pemsel? No? Heads of Pemsel? Still no? Charitable trusts? Oh, I give up.

Fookin students these days. Get taught nothing, learn nothing. Useless.

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