RSS Feeds: The Practical and Legal Issues


RSS feeds are important tools for modern lawyers and, indeed, professionals around the world. Because of that, I thought it would be useful to set out the practical and legal issues that should be noted and distinguished in order to exploit RSS to its fullest.

What is RSS?

RSS, standing for ‘Really Simple Syndication’, is a way of sharing content among sites or computers. Take a look at the foot of this page and you’ll see instantly what I’m talking about.

Why is RSS helpful for lawyers?

Its exposure across the web and use by lawyers and indeed every type of business, especially in recent years, has been immense, a particular product of web 2.0 and the global pervasion of broadband.

It might not be something your average lawyer would know much about. But if they’re starting to get used to personal computers, Word, DMS, learning new skills such as touch-typing and powering through emails on BlackBerries, then they certainly should by now! Even the highest commercial court in Scotland has adopted its usage on its website, as you can see from the Court of Session RSS feed below.


In my own experience, RSS feeds avoid the spam-like nature of email updates and allow for fast browsing of updates that suits you, which can help increase your efficiency, productivity, learning and knowledge. Obviously, that demands some initiative on your part, but if you can appreciate how much effort went into each and every post to which the RSS feed links, then it doesn’t take too much effort to get out there and start looking for RSS feeds relevant to you and your clients, such that you can build a collection, much like I have at the foot of this page, for your own personal and commercial purposes.

Alternatively, of course, you could just come to this site to view them all at once. But where’s the fun, (or plug?) in that?

Voice 2.0 of Scots Law

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