BARCO for international clients

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Working directly with English barristers has never been easier

BARCO has produced a guidance leaflet for international clients which provides the necessary information about the service. Many of the key points are summarised below and the leaflet is available to download here.

BARCO supporting English barristers

It is now easier than ever before to work with English barristers.

A brand new escrow service, BARCO, will facilitate the financial relationship between barristers and their clients. This means that clients can access the full range of the Bar's high quality and cost-effective services supported by a secure and modern vehicle for managing the payment of fees, litigation costs and disbursements. 

English law and English barristers

English law provides an independent, first-class legal system which international businesses, commercial parties and states will often choose to resolve their disputes.

English barristers can offer clients unrivalled expertise in international dispute resolution.

Legal services that BARCO supports


English litigation is adversarial in nature. Parties must present their evidence and arguments well ahead of the trial which enables each side to expose the other's weaknesses. As a result, a commercially sensible compromise of the dispute is often achieved.


London offers experienced specialist arbitrators from a variety of disciplines. English courts support arbitration by ordering the preservation of documents and compelling witnesses to give evidence, as well as by granting injunctions to assist in the enforcement of future or existing awards.


Mediation offers and excellent, flexible and economical means of dispute resolution. England is now host to hundreds of mediators who are experienced in all types of domestic and international disputes.

How does BARCO work for International payments?

BARCO works with Currencies Direct  to enable international clients to pay into BARCO in their own currency. Currencies Direct converts the client's local currency into GBP at prevailing exchange rates and uses this payment directly to fund the specified BARCO account.

Money laundering

BARCO has procedures and controls in place which are designed to forestall and prevent money laundering. Further information can be found in the Guidance leaflet available to download here.

Bar Services Company Limited, trading as BARCO, is registered with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the United Kingdom (Firm Reference Number [FRN]: 589580) to carry on payment services activities under the Payment Services Regulations 2009 (PSRs). It is also registered with HM Revenue and Customs under the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR), MLR Registration Number: 12697968.