This action is an arbitration claim, in which the Claimant ('the French State') seeks to appeal two partial awards made by an arbitral tribunal consisting of Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE pursuant to s. 69 Arbitration Act 1996 ('AA 1996'). Those awards are: (a) a 'partial final award' dated 8 February 2023 ('the First Partial Award'), and (b) a 'second partial award' dated 2 May 2023 ('the Second Partial Award'). Together, I will refer to the two awards as 'the Awards'.
The matters which have been argued at the hearing on 8-9 August 2023, and which I now have to resolve are:
(1) Whether the French State needs and should be granted an extension of time to seek leave to appeal the First Partial Award;
(2) To the extent that the French State does not need, or is granted, an extension of time, should the French State be granted leave to appeal the Awards; and
(3) If it is, should the French State's appeals against the Awards succeed.