Adventures in Social Mobility
8 July | 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
One man’s story of social mobility and inequality – and a searching analysis of what needs to change – Hashi Mohamed’s powerful and often heart-breaking memoir reveals the rarity of individuals crossing the great divide. The chances that a nine-year old Somali refugee from Kenya, who arrived in Britain without his mother and was brought up in poverty and deprivation, would end up writing a book like this are extremely remote.
That he is also a successful barrister is equally improbable. And in a sign of just how rare social mobility is, Hashi explains that when he speaks at events, his audience often assume he belongs to a secret society. The main lesson of his life, however, is that where the system fails to provide a leg up, individuals can make all the difference. Teachers, role models, relatives, mentors: this story is about their encouragement and support.
Hashi Mohamed is a barrister at No5 Chambers and a Broadcaster and a published author.
In 2010, he joined The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and completed his barrister training in London in 2012. Now at No5 Chambers, Hashi practices in public law; his main area of focus is Planning & Environmental law. He represents clients from across the country, including housebuilders and local authorities.
Hashi presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4, most recently on planning, politics and housing; 20 years since the inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, and on access to the top professions. Hashi writes regularly in various newspaper publications, including The Times, The Guardian, Tortoise Magazine and Prospect Magazine.
Hashi’s book on social mobility in Britain, People Like Us, What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain was released in January 2020. He grew up in Brent arriving in the early 1990s as a young unaccompanied child refugee, raised exclusively on state benefits attending some of the worst performing schools in the borough.
Hashi’s second book, A Home of One’s Own, focusing on the housing crisis and what we need to do about it, is out in September 2022.