[(1) This section applies if an auditor is ceasing to hold office—
(a) in the case of a private company, at any time other than at the end of a period for appointing auditors;
(b) in the case of a public company, at any time other than at the end of an accounts meeting.
(1A) But this section does not apply if the company reasonably believes that the only reasons for the auditor's ceasing to hold office are exempt reasons (as to which see section 519A(3)).
(2) Where this section applies, the company must give notice to the appropriate audit authority
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