Investors staged a revolt over pay at the bank's annual meeting earlier this year, with a fifth rejecting the pay policy that made these allowances possible.
But the bank went ahead with the awards, which circumvent new EU rules capping bonuses at 200pc of salary.
Using the phrase 'fixed share allowance' has allowed banks to maintain pay levels in the face of efforts to rein them in, because the shares are not technically part of a bonus.
But unlike bonuses, which are subject to 'clawback', the payouts are guaranteed to eligible staff simply for doing their jobs.
The biggest beneficiary was not chief executive
The head of global banking and markets pocketed an allowance worth
They totted up estimated settlements over the alleged rigging of currency markets, lying to investors about its 'dark pool' exchange and mis-selling interest swaps.
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