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Apple’s best lawyer earns 10 TIMES more than Magic Circle partners

Kate Adams won almost £ 20million in total compensation last year

Apple’s top lawyer won ten times more than the average Magic Circle partner last year, taking home almost $ 27million (£ 20million) in total compensation.

Kate Adams, 57, who is currently legal counsel and senior vice president of legal and global security at Apple, earned $ 26.97million (£ 19.82million) in 2021, according to the statement by The tech giant’s annual proxy filed this month with US Securities and the Foreign Exchange Commission (SEC).

Magic Circle law firm partners did a fraction of what Adams received last year; Freshfields’ earnings per capital partner (PEP) stands at £ 1.91million, according to our 2022 list of the most active companies, while partners Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have raised 1 , £ 9million and £ 1.85million.

The PEP in just a handful of US companies exceeds the £ 3million mark, still a far cry from the mind-boggling amount Adams would have earned.

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The bulk of Adams’s income came from stock awards valued at nearly $ 22million (£ 16.17million). She also earned $ 5million (£ 3.67million) in cash last year, including a base salary of $ 1million (£ 735,000).

Adams reports to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who himself made $ 98.7million (£ 72.5million) last year, according to the filing.

In his role, Adams oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, securities litigation and compliance, global security and privacy.

She joined Apple from technology and manufacturing company Honeywell in 2017, where she worked for 14 years, most recently as general counsel and senior vice president. She spent a decade working at Sidley Austin in New York where she was a partner and then a partner.

Adams holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a Law Degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Play legal reported last year that Google chief legal officer Kent Walker, 60, made $ 51million (£ 37.5million) in 2020.

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