Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Has he provided reasons as to why he needs an extension?
The defendant does indeed have the opportunity to request a delay to file their defence, although it will require your consent before it is approved. You are not required to consent to this request if you do not want to. It is entirely in your right to refuse their request and insist that the defence is filed within the original period set by the courts. You should consider the reasons for the request for extension and if they are valid and reasonable and if you believe it is just an attempt to delay payment and perhaps allow the business to enter insolvency then you can refuse it. The defendant does have the opportunity to request the extension directly from the court though and the court could still grant it if they believe there are genuine and proper reasons to do so. You may certainly bring your concerns to the court’s attention in the meantime and explain why you are refusing to accept this application.
yes he is allowed, you can see the relevant regulations here:https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part15#15.5
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you