Cecelia Irvine-So is a Practice Leader in the Corporate Advisory Team and heads the Education Team at Moores

Cecelia is a commercial lawyer specialising in education law, education governance, privacy and regulatory compliance.

Cecelia is the first port of call for a significant number of independent and Catholic schools, education providers, kindergarten cluster managers and K-12 education management and peak bodies.

Cecelia has developed a reputation for successfully assisting education bodies and schools which are facing regulator intervention due to critical events or funding and compliance issues, including CRICOS, VRQA, Dept of Education, NESA, TEQSA and ASQA.

As one of only a handful of dedicated education lawyers, she is in demand from industry bodies seeking her expertise for speaking engagements and training, and contributions to boards and advisory groups.

In addition to regulation, Cecelia assists education clients with student and parent relations, enrolment and admission, behavior and discipline and Board governance.

Cecelia also has a special interest in regulatory compliance across the board for Not for Profits, with a particular emphasis on privacy and information.

In her role as a leader at Moores, Cecelia has represented the firm in corporate fundraising. Cecelia’s demeanour is always professional, but with the slightest edge of quirky humour which makes Cecelia an engaging advisor and public speaker.

Why Moores?

"Because it’s a privilege to see how my training, public speaking and advice directly leads to great things in the community."


Although regulatory compliance is exciting, I also enjoy cycling, enthusiastic parenting and French pastry cooking. Having survived cancer at 38, I enjoy living life to the fullest!


  • Accredited Specialist in Commercial Law
  • Nominee, Partner of the Year, Women in Law Awards 2019
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation: Head and Neck Cancer Survivor and Ambassador
  • Editor in Chief, Portner Press’ Data Privacy Report
  • Deputy Chair of College Council, Kingswood College Melbourne
  • University of Melbourne Law School Prize Winner, 2001