This payout is higher than the £7m previously thought to have been given Brooks after she resigned from her position as chief executive of News International because of the phone-hacking scandal, reports The Guardian.

A close ally of Rupert Murdoch, Brooks edited the News of the World and the Sun in succession before taking over as chief executive of News International in the summer of 2009.

Accounts for NI Group Ltd, the UK holding company for News Corp’s Sun and Times titles plus other related companies, disclosed the payment ahead of its expected public market listing.

The accounts say that an unnamed director  – understood to be Brooks – received £10.852m as “compensation for loss of office” which includes “various ongoing benefits” including the funding for the costs of an office in Marylebone for two years, and for the cost of providing her with staff for the same period of time.

Brooks will also have “all legal and other professional costs” relating to the various court cases she is fighting paid for by News Corp “until those investigations are concluded”

The former chief executive  has been accused of conspiring with her husband and others to pervert the course of justice and frustrate an investigation by the Metropolitan police into the publisher.