Taylor Wessing former managing partner Frawley pops up Down Under

Taylor Wessing’s former managing partner Michael Frawley has been appointed as director of New Zealand’s Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat), three years after leaving the UK firm.

While current managing partner Tim Eyles took the spotlight on stage at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel this week to pick up the Law Firm of the Year award (26 June 2013), a report in the New Zealand Herald has revealed what happened to the wine-tasting, corporate restructuring, former firm head.

Frawley, who left Taylor Wessing in 2010 (16 November 2009), is now back over on the other side of the world and has just begun his new job at Motat, proving that there is life after the City.

The New Zealand-born lawyer spent more than 20 years in Britain, including his stint between 2004 and 2009 as managing partner of Taylor Wessing. According to the Herald, Frawley is hoping to use his restructuring skills to help overhaul a struggling Motat which, he added, had “lost its way a little bit”.

This week the Herald reported that Frawley was gearing up to take on the challenge of overhauling the museum, which turns 50 next year, something that is likely to include restructuring its entrance fees. How very appropriate.

“I’ve seen every imaginable approach, scorched earth, the lot,” said Frawley when quizzed about his plans for overhauling Motat, “but my approach is to go in and talk to people to find out literally what they like and don’t like. I’m not into taking the high road, because they won’t buy into it.”

In the Herald’s article Frawley also said he hoped to hook Motat up with technology innovators, possibly including firms such as Apple, to offer them opportunities to promote their products in return for sponsorship and educational information, “so the people who come here are learning something but enjoying it while they are doing it, without having to put on fancy rides and things that have no connection to what the museum’s about”.

After leaving Taylor Wessing in 2010, Frawley returned to New Zealand, which he considered a better place to bring up his children. He spent three years renovating a lodge on a South Canterbury farm before turning to his “dream job” of putting his corporate restructuring background to good effect by overhauling Motat.

Frawley added the move to Motat would also allow him to indulge his interests in photography, cars and aircraft.