The Claims Standards Council will continue its attempts to regulate the claims management sector, irrespective of whether the government chooses to impose formal regulation.

The decision was taken in advance of the CSC steering group meeting today.

One insider said announcements that the government has decided to bring in statutory regulation for claims management companies were "premature".

"The government is still committed to giving the CSC the best chance to do the best that it can through voluntary regulation," he said.

"It is considering the implications of the Sir David Clementi's recommendations for legal reform, and "whether there is a regulatory gap that should be filled," the source said.