Behind IDA

We have an outstanding team of legal and hearing specialists with extensive experience in industrial hearing loss claims.

Education and Qualifications

  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1998
  • Worked in the legal industry since 1994

Richard Villari

Principal Solicitor

As the Principal Solicitor, Richard is proud that IDA Legal now assists thousands of workers with hearing loss throughout Australia.

“We have the honour of changing client’s lives and those of their family, through understanding their needs and advising on available solutions," says Richard.

Throughout his career, he only worked representing workers, in workers compensation claims, especially for hearing loss. 

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor in Law (Argentina)
  • Diploma in Law (Sydney)
  • Member of The Law Society of South Australia

Gabriela Faura

Associate Solicitor

Gabriela has been with IDA Legal for over 20 years, and has worked as a Personal Injury Lawyer specialising in Industrial Deafness cases.

“I have extensive experience representing workers in disputed cases across various tribunals and Courts in South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales,” says Gabriela who earned her law degrees in Argentina and Australia. “I use my extensive knowledge and experience to help those who have been employed in noisy workplaces obtain the best possible outcome.”

She believes that communication is the key to success, and she is passionate about guiding and supporting her clients through each step of a complex process.

Education and Qualifications

  • B Business/B Law (Sydney)
  • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales (NSW)
  • ILARS Approved Legal Service Provider

Steven Glavan

Associate Solicitor

With 13.5 years experience working with claims for industrial hearing loss, Steven’s entire career has been with IDA Legal in the personal injury field with a particular focus on workers compensation claims, specialising in industrial deafness.

“Over the years I have become highly knowledgeable in this area and have developed a reputation as one of the leading industrial deafness lawyers in NSW,” says Steven who earned his law degree in Sydney. “I pride myself in assisting my clients in an expert and professional manner, and providing advice in plain language so that they understand every aspect of their claim.”

Steven also gained extensive experience in South Australian and Comcare hearing loss claims. 

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Law (Adelaide)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU)
  • Member of The Law Society of South Australia

Carly Manuel


Carly has been a practising solicitor since 2014 and has spent the first four years of her career in the workers compensation field before moving to one of Australia’s largest law firms where she gained significant experience in insurance/personal injury claims and civil litigation.

“I consider myself to be a people person, says Carly who earned her law degree in Adelaide.

“IDA Legal allows me to draw on my knowledge and experience of the law to help clients navigate through what can be a tricky process to get the best results.” 

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