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February 2009 , Page 36 

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Britain's Fight Against the 'SilverLance': A Radical Overhaul of the U.K.'s Bribery Laws

By Ashish Joshi

Author’s Note: “Fight with silver lances and you will never lose.” Diogenianus, Adagia, ii, 81 (c. 125 A.D.). This was the response of the Delphian Oracle to Philip of Macedon when he asked how he might be victorious in war. See Burton Stevenson, The Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Famous Phrases 241 (1947). Philip used to the full the crafty advice of the Delphian Oracle by bribing the rival commander. “Silver lance” is a euphemism for bribery. 

On November 20, 2008, the Law Commission of England and Wales1 published its report, Reforming Bribery, thereby recommending a radical overhaul of the United Kingdom’s existing bribery and corruption laws. Legal commentators in the United States and around the world have welcomed the Law Commission’s “effort to bring in laws that are easy to understand and rightly impact on the same way on the public and private sectors.”2 It is widely believed that the U.K. is essentially playing “catch-up” with its cousin across the Atlantic and the pr

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